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

377 — Lieutenant-General Puttick to Major-General Barrowclough

Lieutenant-General Puttick to Major-General Barrowclough

6 July 1943

The Governor of Fiji objects to breaking up the Brigade Group by the despatch of an individual battalion, leaving other arms in Fiji. He also refers to political and other difficulties if the Brigade is not sent overseas after the expense of raising and training. The Prime Minister is replying that there is no option but to abandon with regret the proposal to employ Fijian troops with 3rd Division.1 I presume the Governor will adhere to his decision. The manpower situation here is very difficult. The strength of your reinforcements is not yet decided.2

1 On 15 July General Puttick asked General Barrowclough to inform Admiral Halsey accordingly.

2 A number of letters and telegrams on the provision of reinforcements for the 3rd Division have not been reproduced.