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DOMINION'S THANKS MESSAGES TO COMMANDERS O.C. WELLINGTON, this day. The following telegrams have been sent by the Prime Minister, Mr. iFraser, to the commanders in various theatres of war. To General Sir Oliver Leese, Commander of the Fourth Artrry* Group, South-East Asia Command: "On the occasion of total victory against Japan and all our enemies, we remember with gratitude the special contribution which you have made. We recall with pride the association of our Division with you in Italy and the gallantry and success in arms of the armies that you have commanded against Japan in the South-East Asia Command. Our warmest thanks." To Admiral Nimitz: "The Government and people of New Zealand extend their warmest congratulations to you and all ranks of the United States Navy, whose heroism, imagination and resource have made certain victory in this bitter war against Japan. From the dark days of the treachery of Pearl Harbour you, and the men of your command, have gone on to victory and glorious success. We are filled to-day with gratitude for your great achievements in the achievement of final victory." To Admiral Calhoun: "We rejoice with you and all the men under your command in the termination of hostilities with Japan. Our association with you and your distinguished predecessors in the office of Commander of South Pacific Area and Force, has been most fruitful and friendly. We thank you for the great part played by you and all the men who served under your command." Masterly Planning To General Mac Arthur: "To all ranks of the ground and air forces that have served under your command in the Pacific theatre, the Government and people of New Zealand extend their warmest congratulations. Your masterly planning of so many campaigns, and their vigorous, gallant and successful execution, despite almost insuperable odds, will reveal the greatness in arms of the forces of the United States and of their Allies, who have served with them." To Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser: "The Government and people of New Zealand recall with the warmest gratitude and admiration the gallant and elective part played by the men of the British Pacific Fleet in the defeat of Japan. We are proud that our own cruisers have served with you, and to you and all under your command we extend our warmest congratulations and thanks." To Admiral Lord Louis ten: "The surrender of Japan brings to an end the conflict that has raged in East Asia and the Pacific. The Government and people of New Zealand acknowledge with pride the great part played by you and the men under vour command. Your forces have fought magnificently in a theatre which must be counted almost the most difficult in which warlike operations have been conducted. The notable victories that you and all your forces have achieved are striking evidence of the gallantry and heroism of British arms. We extend our warmest congratulations to you and all those under your command." To General de Gaulle, President of the French Provisional Government: "On behalf of the Government and people of New Zealand, it is my privilege on this solemn and glorious day to addsess a message of cordial goodwill to the renowned French leader and Government and the people of France. With the surrender of Japan the menace which has long lain on French possessions in the Pacific, as on our own country, is finally lifted. May abiding cooperation in the tasks of peace crown the memory of our past efforts and endurance." Mr. Churchill's Part To Mr. Churchill: "The thoughts of the Government and people of New Zealand are with you in this hour of triumph for the United Nations. We gratefully recall your dauntless courage and your inspiring faith, and we thank you for your resolute leadership during the years of stress and strain. You and President Roosevelt were the great architects of the plans which brought about the defeat of all the enemies of democracy and freedom. The downfall of Japan, the first and the last of the aggressors, marks the fulfilment of your plans. Kind regards." To. Mr. Attlee: "I desire on behalf of the Government and people of New Zealand to convey to vou, the leader of the British Government, and to the people of the United Kingdom an expression of our joy at the defeat of Japan, which brings to an end six years of desperate war. The greatest "source of inspiration to us has been the resolute manner in which the people of our Motherland stood firm in the greatest crisis in the history of world freedom. By their faith and courage they held the way to life and hope for millions of oppressed people, and to freedom for the whole world. We are deeply proud to have stood side bv side with the people of Britain throughout these years of conflict, and to share with them and the other Allied peoples the hour of final victory." To Mr. Chifley, Prime Minister of Australia: "The Government and people of New Zealand join with you in rejoicing at the end of this long and costly war. I can assure you that we in New Zealand will always remember the decision of Australia, when our needs were greatest, to share with us their resources and munitions. We shall not forget the stand Australians made against the tide of Japanese aggression in 1942, and the hope that was kindled when Australia won in New Guinea the first Allied land battle against the Japanese, and we shall always remember the response of Australians to the inspiring call of your late Prime Minister, Mr. John Curtin, for an all-out war effort. We offer heartfelt congratulations to the Australian people and servicemen for their magnificent contribution towards the achievement of final victory over the enemy." Tribute to United States To President Truman.—ln this time of triumph, the Government and people of New Zealand extend to the President of the United States and the people of your great country, their heartfelt congratulations. We are deeply conscious of the magnificent service the United States has rendered, not only to New Zealand and our neighbours in the Pacific, but to all freedom-loving nations in the world by their mighty contribution, and that of President Roosevelt and yourself, to the downfall of all our enemies. We remember with warm hearts the sojourn of United States Forces in our land while they were preparing for the initial blow against the Japanese at Guadalcanal and Tarawa, and rejoice particularly that the enterprise then begun from these shores has been crowned with overwhelming success. It has been a privilege for us to have been associated with you so closely, and to have shared with, and assisted, the fighting men of the United States both in the Pacific and in North Africa and Italy."

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GLORIOUS SUCCESS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945

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GLORIOUS SUCCESS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945