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Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume II

340 — General Freyberg to the Minister of Defence

General Freyberg to the Minister of Defence

12 October 1943

Although the LRDG are General Headquarters troops not under my control in any way, I try, as you know, to keep touch. I asked for a report on the New Zealand Squadron before leaving Egypt and have received the following:

The New Zealand Squadron is based on Calino with two patrols on islands farther west. Casualties believed nil.

I am not entirely happy about the LRDG now that we are moving to a different theatre. It may not be practicable to withdraw the page 309 New Zealand Squadron, but I feel, if and when it can be relieved, that the time has come when it should be recalled and our commitment with the LRDG should cease.

I have asked Middle East for a further report and will keep you in touch.