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

399 — Headquarters 3rd New Zealand Division to Army Headquarters (Wellington)

Headquarters 3rd New Zealand Division to Army Headquarters (Wellington)

27 October 1943

From 30 September to 12 October a 29th Battalion patrol operated on Choiseul. The Divisional Field Security Section and the Defence page 414 and Employment Platoon operated on Ganongga from 19 to 22 October. No Japanese on Ganongga. On night 21–22 October 8th Brigade Intelligence Sergeant1 and party landed on Treasury, returning the following night after a successful patrol. The same party landed again on Treasury on the night 25th–26th without incident. The 8th Brigade Group moved as per schedule to Treasury.2 The only reports so far are from Air. Landing on Stirling observed and apparently without incident. View of landing at Falamai obscured by smoke of heavy bombardment from Navy, but landing craft were observed returning empty from the beaches and a landing appears to have been effected.

1 Sgt W. A. Cowan was awarded the DCM for this action.

2 General Barrowclough had advised General Puttick of the plans for the proposed landing in the Treasury Islands in a letter dated 11 October.