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

121 — General Freyberg to the Minister of Defence

page 92

General Freyberg to the Minister of Defence

6 February 1942

I have just received orders for the New Zealand Division to move for a full operational role in the Western Desert, commencing with the 5th Brigade Group on the 10th, followed by the 4th Brigade on the 16th and the 6th Brigade on the 22nd. The New Zealand Division will relieve troops coming out to rest and refit. Equipment is being made up completely in the next two days, except for some transport which will be issued on arrival in Eighth Army area. We are now up to strength in officers and men and the Division is in good condition. I expect a defensive role, but this depends on the Commander-in-Chief's future policy, which has not yet been divulged to me. Would the Government please acknowledge this message.