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

33 — Army Headquarters (Wellington) to Headquarters 2nd NZEF (Cairo) — [Extract]

Army Headquarters (Wellington) to Headquarters 2nd NZEF (Cairo)

24 August 1940

Your telegram of 21 August. The Government has decided to limit the Third Echelon to 6131 all ranks….3 The balance of the reinforcements with the Third Echelon are required for other purposes….4

3 Details of the composition of the Third Echelon have been omitted.

4 See Volume I, Third Echelon. Early in August the New Zealand Government decided, in view of the threat of Japanese aggression, to retain from the reinforcements intended for despatch with the Third Echelon a force of 3050 all ranks to garrison Fiji.