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

470 — General Freyberg to the Minister of Defence

page 437

General Freyberg to the Minister of Defence

6 July 1945

As you will realise, the schedule of shipping asked for in my telegram of 10 June1 was based on the assumption that we would be relieved from our operational role by 20 June. We could in fact have been relieved by 20 June, but it is now 6 July and we are still in Trieste. Shipping arrangements have now been confirmed for the 6th and 7th Reinforcements, who are scheduled to leave Egypt about the middle to end of July as originally estimated. D-day, as in my telegram of 10 June,2 for the move of the remainder of force, is not yet known. Consequently the original forecast of shipping dates will have to be revised. Further, shipping and equipment problems are clearly interdependent, and it seems likely that War Office intends to treat equipment and the move of 2nd NZEF as one problem. The War Office are awaiting official confirmation of the New Zealand Government's decision for the provision of the force against Japan3 before setting the necessary arrangements in train. We presume that they will take into account our problems of movement to the port of embarkation in Italy, and the time factor involved in any handing-in of equipment here, by giving us adequate notice of shipping arrangements.

1 Not published. The schedule is that given in No. 469.

2 Not published. General Freyberg advised that D-day could be taken as approximately 20 Jun.

3 See Volume III, Proposals for Participation in Operations against Japan.