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

488 — General Freyberg (London) to the Prime Minister

General Freyberg (London) to the Prime Minister

30 August 1945 1

I have received your telegram [No. 487] and realise the difficulties. All necessary and possible arrangements for shipping and movement and organisation of the brigade group have been made. I must now inform the War Office that no final decision has been taken about the brigade group, and I will go back to Italy on Sunday and cable you after discreet consultation with selected officers. I feel that the shorter term of service in the Far East will be more acceptable, but I am not hopeful that any voluntary system will meet with the necessary support. I will cable you as soon as possible next week.

1The difference in time between New Zealand and the United Kingdom and the fact that No. 487 was despatched shortly after midnight explain the anomaly in the dates of Nos. 487 and 488.