4-483 Draft Instructions, August 18, 1944

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press

Subject: World War II

Draft Instructions1

[August 18, 1944] [Washington, D.C.]


Dear General Hurley:

You are hereby designated as my personal representative with Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, reporting directly to me. Your principal mission is to promote efficient and harmonious relations between the Generalissimo and General Stilwell to facilitate General Stilwell’s exercise of command over the Chinese Armies placed under his direction. You will be charged with additional and specific missions.

In carrying out your missions it is desired that you maintain intimate touch with the U. S. Ambassador to China,2 keeping him advised of your actions.

Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.

Document Format: Typed draft.

1. Marshall wrote this for President Roosevelt. On the origins of the Hurley-Nelson mission, see Marshall to Leahy, August 5, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-474 [4: 545-46]. In the covering memorandum, Marshall stated: “Lack of knowledge of the President’s desires in the matter make it impracticable to present a draft directive for Mr. Nelson.” The president’s instructions to Nelson are printed in Department of State, Foreign Relations of the United States, 1944, 7 vols. [Washington: GPO, 1965-67], 6: 248-49.

2. Clarence E. Gauss had been in China since May 1941.

Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), p. 554.

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