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

481 — The Prime Minister to General Freyberg — [Extract] — 17 October 1945

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The Prime Minister to General Freyberg
17 October 1945

I am grateful for your report on the existing situation and for your comments on future arrangements.

The New Zealand Government fully agree to your handing over command of the 2nd NZEF in November or at such other time as you think advisable. It is agreed that Brigadier Stevens should be your successor and that he should be given the rank of Major-General.

It is also agreed that he should continue to use the special and financial powers which were originally given to you by the New Zealand Government, subject to a reduction and rearrangement of entertainment allowances as you suggest….1

Consideration is being given to the suggested amendments to the memorandum of special and financial powers for the Commander of J Force, and this will also be discussed with Brigadier Stewart.

1 The text omitted referred to the allocation of entertainment allowances to Major-General C. E. Weir, GOC 46th British Division, and to the Officer Commanding J Force (Brigadier K. L. Stewart).