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

388 — The Prime Minister to General Freyberg

page 355

The Prime Minister to General Freyberg

25 August 1944

Thank you for your telegram of 21 August. It would be most helpful if you could keep in touch with the garrison plans to which you refer and convey your personal views on such definite proposals as may be made.

As we are still awaiting some indication from the United Kingdom Chiefs of Staff regarding our future military role in the Pacific, we are still unable to make a final decision as to the future of the two divisions, but I trust that this will not be much longer delayed.

We have found it necessary to agree to the withdrawal of the whole of Barrowclough's force to New Zealand, and arrangements are now being made to this end.