Article image
Article image
Article image
Article image
This article displays in one automatically-generated column. View the full page to see article in its original form.



STATEMENT AGAIN SOUGHT Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, this day. What was the Government's intention in regard to the men in the Middle East—what was to be the fate of that forgotten army? asked Mr. Doidge (Nat., Tauranga) in the House of Representatives last evening. He also sought the reason for the Government's delay in making an announcement. It was true to say, he said, that thousands of homes in New Zealand were in a state of tension because mothers, wives and sweethearts did not know what the fate of their boys was to be. English, Canadian and South African troops were all going home, or if they were not they knew where they were going. Britain had declared her policy long ago. The Minister of Rehabilitation, Mr. Skinner: Nothing of the kind. Mr. Doidge added that the New Zealand forces seemed to have been forgotten. Was the Division intended to be for garrison duty somewhere, or was it a shipping problem? Perhaps one day New Zealand would wake up and find its men were in Shanghai. Mr. Churchill had always told the people of Britain the truth, and that attitude had paid high dividends by creating confidence. The Dominion's policy had to be either fight or farm —it could not do both effectively. The Government should dispel rumours which suggested sinister and, perhaps, foolish reasons why the Division was not brought home, such as the absence of homes and jobs. . .„ .

If New Zealand were asked' , to send a land force to a new theatre of war it would do so, but that was no reason for not bringing the men in the Middle East home. Some of them were married men with children. Others had gone straight from school and had never had a chance to learn a trade. If a land force were required there were 20,000 fit men who had never been in uniform from whom a selection could be made.

This article text was automatically generated and may include errors. View the full page to see article in its original form.
Permanent link to this item

Bibliographic details

"FORGOTTEN ARMY", Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 173, 24 July 1945

Word Count

"FORGOTTEN ARMY" Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 173, 24 July 1945

  1. New formats

    Papers Past now contains more than just newspapers. Use these links to navigate to other kinds of materials.

  2. Hierarchy

    These links will always show you how deep you are in the collection. Click them to get a broader view of the items you're currently viewing.

  3. Search

    Enter names, places, or other keywords that you're curious about here. We'll look for them in the fulltext of millions of articles.

  4. Search

    Browsed to an interesting page? Click here to search within the item you're currently viewing, or start a new search.

  5. Search facets

    Use these buttons to limit your searches to particular dates, titles, and more.

  6. View selection

    Switch between images of the original document and text transcriptions and outlines you can cut and paste.

  7. Tools

    Print, save, zoom in and more.

  8. Explore

    If you'd rather just browse through documents, click here to find titles and issues from particular dates and geographic regions.

  9. Need more help?

    The "Help" link will show you different tips for each page on the site, so click here often as you explore the site.