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

163 — General Freyberg to the Minister of Defence

General Freyberg to the Minister of Defence

6 June 1940

Advice has been received from Falla that two areas have been offered to accommodate the Second Echelon—Winchester, in billets, or Aldershot, in tents. The War Office advise leaving the question of a base for decision later. I am against Aldershot because it would mix us up with the Canadians; further, Aldershot is theoretically (?) dangerous point [because of] enemy bombing. On the other hand, Winchester has a very good training area, a good train service, and page 121 excellent conditions for the men. Have cabled Falla to make arrangements for Winchester as the Second Echelon arrives on the 16th. Will you cable if you approve?