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

407 — Major-General Barrowclough to Lieutenant-General Puttick

Major-General Barrowclough to Lieutenant-General Puttick

1 February 1944

My secret and personal letter to you of 6 January, paragraph 3.1 Commando raid successfully carried out. Re-embarked midnight 31 January-1 February and now on way home. Casualties one New Zealand officer killed and four USA Navy personnel. Further reports later. Utmost secrecy till after main landing on 15 February.

1 Not published. In this letter General Barrowclough discussed plans for a 24-hour reconnaissance in force of the Green Islands Group by 30 Battalion. The object of the operation, under the guise of a commando raid, was to find out whether the island was suitable for the construction of an airfield and to make hydrographic surveys as a preliminary to the selection of landing beaches, motor torpedo-boat base, etc.