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

118 — General Freyberg to the Minister of Defence

General Freyberg to the Minister of Defence

24 January 1942

Further to my telegram of 10 January (No. 116). I have shown your telegram of 21 January to the Commander-in-Chief who states that ‘there is no immediate operation contemplated in which it is proposed to use the whole Division. As in the past, the New Zealand Government will be consulted before any major role is assigned to the New Zealand Division. But the opportunity may arise during a campaign to land a brigade group in the rear of the enemy as part of a larger plan to defeat the enemy forces. In such an event time might not allow reference to the New Zealand Government, and the Commander-in-Chief would be glad of an assurance that, if in the opinion of the Middle East Defence Committee such a landing is desirable, New Zealand troops could be so employed. Adequate support of all kinds, including air support, would be provided. If a New Zealand brigade takes part in such an operation it would be detached only temporarily from the remainder of the New Zealand Division.’