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

494 — The Prime Minister to General Freyberg

The Prime Minister to General Freyberg

14 September 1945

I regret to inform you that a decision is not yet possible. The Opposition did not agree that the force should be raised by compulsion. I hope that further discussions after the weekend will enable the Government to reach a satisfactory settlement.

The Leader of the Opposition is laying stress on the statement contained in your telegram of 5 September [No. 490] that the Australian page 523 and United States forces are being raised on a voluntary basis, and the fact that United States troops are to have ninety days' home leave before going to Japan. I would be grateful for elucidation of these points, which are being checked here also.