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

423 — Colonel Salmon to the Prime Minister

Colonel Salmon to the Prime Minister

20 March 1944

Reference your G. 1605 of 20 March.2 The Chiefs of Staff's papers arrived yesterday. Comgensopac is extremely reluctant to lose the New Zealanders with their invaluable Pacific amphibian and jungle experience, and he is endeavouring to formulate plans to preserve continuity yet fulfilling your immediate manpower requirements. These will be tentative plans only and will be presented next weekend to Admiral Halsey on his and General Harmon's return here from operations. I understand General Barrowclough is likely to come with General Harmon. I hope to telegraph you tomorrow afternoon giving an outline of these tentative plans for you to examine.3 I will also repeat the plans to General Barrowclough.

2 Not published. Requested information regarding the conversations with Admiral Halsey's representative referred to in No. 420.

3 These proposals are not published.