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

477 — General Freyberg (London) to the Prime Minister

General Freyberg (London) to the Prime Minister

16 August 1945

I have been advised of the proposal for a New Zealand brigade group in the British Commonwealth Occupational Force for Japan.

page 512

It seems clear that the Commonwealth Force will be required to embark for Japan as early as possible. Assuming your agreement to the project, it would seem that the New Zealand brigade group could be formed from personnel who are already overseas in the Mediterranean area. Alternatively, you might consider sending it direct from New Zealand. In the event of your decision to send it from the Mediterranean, presumably you would take men who have been the shortest time overseas. Numerically, the 14th and 15th Reinforcements would be sufficient. There would, however, be certain difficulties to be overcome with officers, NCOs and specialists. Our own problems in organising a brigade group at short notice are such that early notice of your decision in this matter would be most helpful.