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

47 — Headquarters 2nd NZEF to Army Headquarters (Wellington)

Headquarters 2nd NZEF to Army Headquarters (Wellington)

21 June 1941

With reference to your telegram of 20 June.1

Our losses in Artillery, Engineers, Army Service Corps, and Medical Corps [in Crete] were abnormally high. We will be asking for an increase in these arms in the 7th Reinforcements and a proportionate decrease in other arms, but the exact figures will not be available until about 25 June.2 We will reply tomorrow regarding the Tank Brigade and Corps troops.3

2 A telegram from Headquarters 2nd NZEF, dated 24 Jun, giving in detail the amended figures for replacements in the 7th Reinforcements has not been reproduced in this volume.

3 See Proposed Formation of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Nos. 22 and 23).