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

459 — General Freyberg to the Minister of Defence

General Freyberg to the Minister of Defence

22 July 1945

Reference your telegram of 19 July.5 We begin the move today from Trieste to a concentration area north of Rome.6 The move will be completed in twelve days, except for part of the Armoured Brigade which is remaining in the present area until the New Zealand Government's policy is finalised. As soon as we are concentrated in the new area, I shall withdraw the 8th Reinforcements and send them to Advanced Base ready for onward passage to New Zealand when shipping is available.

A further cable dealing with the short-comings of shipping follows.7

6 Near Lake Trasimene.

7 Not published. Contained details of the shipping programme for the repatriation of New Zealand personnel from Italy and the Middle East to New Zealand and the composition of later drafts to be returned.