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

345 — War Cabinet Minute

War Cabinet Minute

Minister of Defence:

  • Recommended:


    Despatch of Kiwi force ‘C’ to New Caledonia1 as recommended in paragraph (1) (2) (3) (4) and (5) of GOC's memorandum of 20 October 1942. Force to be built up to war establishment as soon as possible. The proposal contemplated in paragraph (6) is abandoned.


    United States authorities to be requested to relieve as soon as possible the New Zealand battalion now being despatched to Tonga.


    The New Zealand force in Norfolk Island to be relieved when practicable by New Zealand troops in medical category 2.

    In War Cabinet, 21 October 1942. Approved.

1 The advance party left New Zealand on 29 October and was followed by the rest of the division at intervals during the next four months.