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

416 — General Freyberg to the Prime Minister

General Freyberg to the Prime Minister

8 February 1945

Your telegram of 3 February will require some little time to consider. Figures are being worked out and I am making certain inquiries. I feel, as no doubt you do, that the sooner a decision can be reached and announced here the better. If the announcement that the Division was to take part in the war against Japan came after the termination of the war with Germany, when the troops were thinking of going home, it would be impossible to avoid great disappointment.

I will cable my appreciation as soon as possible.