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

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

Army Headquarters (Wellington) to Headquarters 2nd NZEF

4 August 1941

Your telegram of 1 August to the acting Prime Minister.

Steps to select officers for the Army Tank Brigade are now being taken and it is desired to have your recommendations for any appointments, especially those of Brigade Commander and battalion commanders. Regular and Territorial officers in New Zealand will be considered along with those recommended by you.1

The Brigade will be trained in New Zealand2 and will proceed overseas about the end of March next year.

The disparity in our respective totals is due apparently to the non-inclusion here of the Tank Transporter Company which is included in Corps troops.

The formation of Corps troops is still being considered.

1 A number of telegrams on the appointment of officers for the Army Tank Brigade were exchanged at this stage but have not been reproduced. The Brigade Commander was Brigadier G. B. Parkinson, who commanded the 4th NZ Field Regiment at the time of his appointment. He returned to New Zealand in Nov 1941.

2 At Waiouru.