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

368 — The Hon. W. Nash (London) to the Prime Minister

The Hon. W. Nash (London) to the Prime Minister

16 February 1944

Mr. Churchill and I have again discussed the position. He wants us to maintain our Division in Italy until Rome is taken at an anticipated early date.2 The Germans are placing very large forces in Italy which may delay the anticipated result. After Rome his desire is to hold at least a brigade of New Zealanders in Europe attached to other forces, with Freyberg in command. On the general statistical position of the respective Services he would like me to talk with Cranborne, Grigg, and Sinclair.3 At the conclusion of our conversation I suggested he should cable his views direct to you, which he will do after showing the text to me. I will see the Ministers mentioned, if possible tomorrow, and will then again telegraph you.

2 Rome fell on 4 Jun 1944.

3 Rt. Hon. Sir Archibald Sinclair, Kt, PC, CMG; Secretary of State for Air, 1940–45.