George C. Marshall: Soldier of Peace

On Wednesday evening Dr. Mark A. Stoler, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Vermont and editor of volumes 6 and 7 of The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, delivered the final lecture of The World Wars sequence in which he presented George C. Marshall’s numerous contributions to the army, the United States, and the world from 1917 to 1945. The title of Dr. Stoler’s presentation was “Soldier of Peace” and he explained that even though George C. Marshall was a career military officer, Marshall felt that his greatest contribution to world peace was through defeating the countries that had threatened world stability and by discouraging other countries from disrupting order through military preparedness.

Dr. Stoler explained the important lessons that Marshall learned from World War I including the need to train officers who could lead men in warfare of movement and the challenges Allied coalition warfare. Marshall’s contributions continued during the interwar years in which he worked tirelessly to reform the officer training curriculum at the Infantry School at Fort Benning and instructed or worked with 200 officers that would later serve under him as generals during World War II. As Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army during World War II, Marshall was instrumental in the significant growth of the Army Air Forces and the training and equipping of 8.5 million soldiers, among many other things.

If you were unable to be present for Dr. Stoler’s talk you can view it on the Marshall Foundation YoutTube channel.


The next program in The World Wars sequence is the 2nd Annual Victory Chef Cook-off on Sunday, October 29th at 2 PM. The theme for this year’s “Chopped” style cook-off featuring three area chefs is Cuisine de Casablanca. Tickets can be purchased on the Marshall Foundation website.

The World Wars sequence will conclude with the Marshall and the Monuments Men paint party on Saturday, November 18th at 5:30 PM. Participants will be guided by a local art instructor as they paint one of works from Van Gogh’s sunflower series. Space is limited so reserve your canvass on the Marshall Foundation website today.


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