Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume I
381 — Headquarters 2nd NZEF (Cairo) to the Prime Minister of New Zealand
Headquarters 2nd NZEF (Cairo) to the Prime Minister of New Zealand
During the last twenty-four hours a large part of the 24th Battalion arrived in Egypt together with elements of Divisional Headquarters, all the nurses, and Brigadiers Miles and Barrowclough.
General Freyberg is temporarily commanding Crete with the 4th and 5th Infantry Brigades, including the Maoris, and large parties of artillery, Army Service Corps, engineers, cavalry, and machine gunners, all organised as infantry.
In general, casualties have been light and are estimated by the Brigadiers at only 10 per cent over all, of which a proportion are page 281 probably prisoners of war and others may even yet turn up. In the 4th and 5th Field Regiments and the Machine Gun Battalion casualties have been very light. Battle casualties in the Divisional Cavalry have been light but some are still missing; the 6th Infantry Brigade is in a similar position to the Divisional Cavalry. The 21st Battalion is the only unit with heavy casualties, but exact details are not known.1
All ranks are in excellent spirits and are certain that they are far better men than the enemy.