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

423 — General Freyberg to the Minister of Defence

General Freyberg to the Minister of Defence

8 August 1944

I have been asked by the Commander-in-Chief, at the request of the Greek Government, if we would be prepared to take the Greek Brigade1 under our wing. The purpose would be first to direct their training and make them battle-worthy, and later, I understand, the intention is that they should fight under our command. I have told the Commander-in-Chief that the matter would have to be referred to the New Zealand War Cabinet.

As you will realise, having the Greeks with us would have certain advantages. It would mean an extra infantry brigade and consequent spreading of casualties. I also believe it would be a great help to the Greeks, who have always shown a desire to serve with the New Zealand Division.

Could you advise whether the proposal meets with the approval of War Cabinet.

1 The 3rd Greek Mountain Brigade under the command of Colonel T. Tsakalotos.