Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939–45: Volume II
30 — The New Zealand Military Liaison Officer (London) to the Prime Minister
The New Zealand Military Liaison Officer (London) to the Prime Minister
In connection with your telegram of 15 January, it has been ascertained that detailed figures for reinforcements, based on the approved amended war wastage rates and having in view the possibility of the New Zealand Division operating in France when trained, have now been worked out by War Office. Reinforcements will also need to arrive in sufficient time to allow training to be completed with modern equipment.
The suggested scale of reinforcements, with the date at which they should arrive in the Middle East, is:
The Admiralty and the Ministry of Shipping desire to convoy reinforcements in flights at intervals of three months.
A total of 3600 reinforcements should accompany the third flight and 4000 should sail early in October, with a further sailing in January next year.