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

197 — The Prime Minister to General Freyberg

page 163

The Prime Minister to General Freyberg

2 February 1943

My colleagues and I are very grateful to you for your telegram of 26 January and for your previous communications explaining the course of the recent fighting. Will you please accept and convey to all under your command, officers, NCOs, and men, the warmest congratulations of the Government and people of New Zealand on this new achievement of our Division. We have watched your progress day by day with the greatest enthusiasm and we share with you all justifiable satisfaction in a job of work well done. Alamein to Tripoli will for all time be a proud battle honour in the annals of military history, and it is of profound significance in the present stage of the struggle for democratic freedom.