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

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

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

18 February 1944

Excepting that he considers the New Zealand Division a major military asset and a political asset also, Grigg's views correspond closely to those of Mr. Churchill. Sinclair, whom I have just left, is planning a reduction of 1300 men in our commitments to the Air Training Scheme in Canada. This will provide for a gradual reduction in personnel, commencing next month, from the present annual commitments of 25001 to 1200. I am to see Llewellin2 at 4.30 this afternoon about food requirements, and the Chiefs of Staff on the whole position at 11 a.m. on Saturday, but it will be difficult for them to supply helpful advice before Monday.

2 Colonel the Rt. Hon. John J. Llewellin, PC, CBE, MC (later Lord Llewellin); Minister of Food, 1943–45.