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

391 — The Prime Minister to General Freyberg — [Extract]

The Prime Minister to General Freyberg

9 September 1944

We were very glad to learn today that your second operation had proved successful and that your general condition was good. We send our best wishes for your speedy improvement and recovery.2

I am forwarding for your secret and personal information, but only when you are in a position to give attention to official matters, a message I am sending to Mr. Churchill, from which you will see that owing to the lack of any specific advice from the United Kingdom authorities regarding the nature and role of British Commonwealth forces in the war against Japan, it has not been, nor is it now, possible to reach any final decision regarding the future role, or even the further participation, of New Zealand land forces in the war in the Pacific. We expect to reach the decision referred to after the weekend and I will advise you immediately we do so….3

Following is the text of the telegram sent to Mr. Churchill:

[Text of telegram No. 390.]

3 In the text omitted Mr. Fraser referred to the possible disbandment of the 3rd Division and the future employment of certain officers.