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

122 — The Prime Minister to General Freyberg

The Prime Minister to General Freyberg

7 February 1942

The receipt of your telegram of 6 February is acknowledged. While we must accept the position, we are most disappointed that circumstances now apparently require further operations by the New Zealand Division so soon after its recent heavy losses. We assume that nothing but the serious nature of the emergency1 has necessitated this step, and we would wish this communication to be shown to the Commander-in-Chief.

1 On 21 Jan a German counter-offensive was launched from El Agheila.