Volume 4: Aggressive and Determined Leadership
This volume highlights Marshall’s efforts to maintain smooth working relationships between traditional antagonists — army and navy, ground and air forces, regular and reserve components, military and civilian personnel, the Pentagon and Congress. The U.S. Army increased to eight million by the end of these nineteen months, and Marshall moved vigorously to effect the creation, training, and transportation of combat units. He continually faced problems of logistics and shipping, research and development, finding exceptionally able leaders, and organizing support personnel. All the while, Marshall helped to frame the postwar service by advocating Universal Military Training and a unified Department of Defense. “You are doing a grand job,” he told General Eisenhower at the end of 1944, “go on and give them hell.” The same applied to Marshall himself.