Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume III
361 — Admiral Halsey to Lieutenant-General Puttick
Admiral Halsey to Lieutenant-General Puttick
Refer your telegram of 16 June. In conference and correspondence concerning the reduction of home defences in New Zealand it was our understanding that the 3rd Division would be brought to full strength, and that full strength would be such that the New Zealand Division could be used interchangeably with American divisions in combat. Therefore, we prefer for the latter reason, and because of the reduction of strength of the Fiji garrison, that the expansion of the New Zealand 3rd Division be not accomplished by the use of Fijian troops.