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

425 — General Freyberg to the Minister of Defence

page 397

General Freyberg to the Minister of Defence

13 August 1944

Reference your cable about the Greeks, I note you agree to fall in with the Commander-in-Chief's wishes. I would, however, like to have the following cable from you to safeguard me in the event of political difficulty:

From War Cabinet to General Freyberg:

War Cabinet agree provisionally that you should help train the Greek Brigade and also take them under your command, but in view of the history of this force in the last twelve months with political difficulties and the military mutiny, you are to keep us informed of the situation, and if there is any recurrence of political difficulty you are to report it here and act on our instructions. Will you convey our good wishes to the Commander-in-Chief with this message.1

1 A message in these terms was sent to General Freyberg on 17 Aug by the Prime Minister.