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

453 — General Freyberg to the acting Prime Minister

General Freyberg to the acting Prime Minister

12 June 1945

Reference your telegram of 9 June.

Regarding the Fijians, I feel that good use could be made of their infantry battalions, their engineers and a number of men for small page 481 units. The approximate numbers which we could use with great effect would be:

Other Ranks
Divisional Defence and Employment Company 250
Brigade Defence Platoons (3 × 23) 69
Field Company, Engineers 259
Infantry battalions (3 × 786) 2,358
Total 2,936
First reinforcements for 1946 500
Grand total 3,436

A reply to your cable and outline proposals for your consideration will be cabled in a few days.