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

384 — Major-General Barrowclough to Admiral Halsey

page 402

Major-General Barrowclough to Admiral Halsey

2 August 1943

Reference comsopac signal of 26 July [No. 381].

I report that 3rd NZ Division is suitably equipped and trained for the proposed operations in the Solomons subject to the following conditions. First, that ammunition on the agreed scale is shipped to Guadalcanal so as to arrive not later than the date of arrival of the first Brigade Group. Second, that units of this Force still in New Zealand, viz. Tank Squadron, 26 Field Company, and 24 Field Ambulance and other small detachments are shipped from New Zealand. The fulfilment of these conditions is the United States' concern, not mine. I see no objection to commencing the movement as planned provided my troops are not left in Guadalcanal without ammunition.1

1 The Division arrived in Guadalcanal in three echelons, on 27 August, 3 September and 14 September respectively.