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

279 — The New Zealand Minister, Washington, to the Prime Minister

page 313

The New Zealand Minister, Washington, to the Prime Minister

5 May 1942

Your telegram of 2 May. Replying to your paragraphs:

(2) Samoan amphibious division, if it should come to the Dominion, will be in addition to one ordinary army division and one amphibious division already provided for.

(3) The question of the provision of forces for Fiji is being re-examined and further information will be cabled later.

(5) The anti-aircraft guns will be for the defence of the Malolo battery.

(6) Planners are being notified that equipment and trained personnel must be provided.

(7) Storage accommodation asked for is for the 800-bed hospital already approved.

(11) The aircraft referred to are associated with the Marine group and are not carrier borne. Shore accommodation and facilities required.

Should two aircraft carriers be stationed at Auckland it will also be necessary to provide additional shore accommodation and maintenance.

(13) Details of storage and maintenance are being obtained and will be cabled later.

Williams is meeting Planners again today and I will discuss the matter with Admiral King tomorrow morning.