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

434 — War Cabinet Minute

page 456

War Cabinet Minute

Hon. Minister of Defence



That the 2nd Division be maintained and its future employment be reviewed after the conclusion of the Italian campaign.


That the question of participation of New Zealand land forces in the war against Japan be deferred until further and more definite information is received from the Combined Chiefs of Staff regarding the employment of British Commonwealth forces in the Pacific.


That the cadres of the 3rd Division be disbanded and the personnel be made available for service with the 2nd Division.


That long-service personnel in the 2nd Division, namely, men of the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Reinforcements, be replaced from the existing pool in New Zealand, including the residue of the 3rd Division, those temporarily released to industry from that Division, Grade A men held on appeal, and all others liable for military service.

(Note: It is not intended that the call-up for overseas service should include men over 36 years of age, men with three or more children, or those who have had three years or more overseas service.)


That, subject to General Freyberg's agreement as to their practicability, the proposals put forward by Army and National Service on 5 September as to numbers of replacement personnel to be provided be approved.1

Approved by War Cabinet, 11 September 1944

(Sgd) P. Fraser

1 The text of a statement in Parliament by the Prime Minister on 21 September appears in Documents, Vol. II, No. 395. General Barrowclough's proposals for the future employment of 3rd Division officers, warrant officers and NCOs are contained in Vol. II, No. 396.