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

405 — General Freyberg to General Wavell

General Freyberg to General Wavell

16 May 1941
I have arranged for the King to come inside our perimeter with the Prime Minister.1 With regard to possible evacuation under

1 The King was occupying a house at Bella Capina, some two miles to the west of Canea, situated in the middle of a plain and surrounded by olive groves—an ideal place for a paratroop landing. On 19 May he moved to the house in which the Prime Minister (M. Tsouderos) was living: it was situated against the foothills to the south of the village of Perivolia.

page 298 pressure, I presume we could get him to a port south-east of Canea, Selinos Kastelli. If that is not possible arrangements will have to be made for him to be evacuated from Suda Bay by flying boat.1

1 The evacuation from Crete of the King of Greece, members of the Royal family, and the Greek Government had been the subject of a long exchange of cables since their arrival on the island from Greece.