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

392 — The Prime Minister to General Freyberg

The Prime Minister to General Freyberg

13 September 1944

Questions relating to the disposition of New Zealand's land forces are still under discussion, but War Cabinet last night gave approval page 358 to the recommendations contained in this message. I would be glad if you would let me have your comments as soon as you feel able to do so.



That the 2nd Division be maintained and its future employment be reviewed after the conclusion of the Italian campaign.


That the question of participation of New Zealand land forces in the war against Japan be deferred until further and more definite information is received from the Combined Chiefs of Staff regarding the employment of British Commonwealth forces in the Pacific.


That the cadres of the 3rd Division be disbanded and the personnel be made available for service with the 2nd Division.


That long-service personnel in the 2nd Division, namely men of the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Reinforcements, be replaced in succession from the existing pool in New Zealand, including residue of 3rd Division, those temporarily released to industry from that Division, Grade A men held on appeal, and all others liable for military service.

(Note: It is not intended that the call up for overseas service should include men over 36 years of age, men with three or more children, or those who have had three years or more overseas service.)