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NEW ZEALAND'S PART

the changes which have taken place in the war situation this week have come so quickly that their consequences cannot be fully measured, it is certain that plans which have been made involving the use of New Zealand forces in the Pacific must now be reconsidered. The Division, at last report, was still in Italy. It has already been decided that part of it is to return home. What, now, of the remainder? Several months will necessarily be required for it to be organised, trained and transported to the Pacific, so that it is doubtful if it could be made available for action this year. But, unless present appearances are cruelly deceptive, by the end of the year—and, conceivably, much before the end—Japan's resistance will have ceased. Whether her capitulation in the homeland would be automatically followed by the surrender of her scattered, isolated but still formidable forces abroad is not certain. It is possible that the cessation of the major war would not relieve the Allies of the necessity to engage in substantial mopping-up operations. But circumstances and prospects are such as must impel Parliament, although it has just discussed the future of the Dominion's war effort and reached substantial agreement, to consider the whole question afresh. On the face of it, it appears that any military contribution the Dommion could now make would be too little and too

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NEW ZEALAND'S PART, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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NEW ZEALAND'S PART Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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