Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume I
44 — War Office to the Chief of the General Staff (Wellington)
War Office to the Chief of the General Staff (Wellington)
With reference to the questions raised in your telegram of 26 September (No. 42). The intention is to provide all War Department types of mechanical transport in the theatre of war by the time the concentration of the entire Division is completed. Training vehicles and equipment will be provided as the brigades arrive. The existing equipment in New Zealand must suffice for immediate training requirements and should remain in New Zealand for security reasons.
Corps troops most needed in the Middle East are: Medium Regiment of Royal Artillery, with existing equipment and tractors or haulage vehicles now in use, and one Survey Battery based on War Establishment III/1931/13/4.1
Also personnel for any of the following units which you may care to provide:
Headquarters Corps Troops, Royal Army Service Corps.
One Corps Troops Ammunition Company.
One Corps Troops Supply Column.
One Corps Petrol Park.
One Corps Ammunition Park.
2 The New Zealand Government replied on 6 Nov 1939, that it had deferred the formation of these units until information on the future of the New Zealand Division was available.