4-411 Editorial Note on Combined Chiefs of Staff Meeting, June 1944

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press

Subject: World War II

Editorial Note on Combined Chiefs of Staff Meeting and Marshall’s Tour of Italy

June 14-June 21, 1944

Combined Chiefs of Staff deliberations on June 14 and 15 dealt largely, but not exclusively, with OVERLORD. They considered the Germans’ potential reinforcements, likely counterattacks, and harbor destruction. General Marshall observed that the Germans were apparently unaware of Allied artificial harbors (Mulberries) off the landing beaches, and he noted that “as soon as the Germans learned of the construction of these harbors they would change completely their strategical concept of the situation.” (Informal Notes and Minutes of the Combined Chiefs of Staff Meeting, June 14, 1944, NA/RG 165 [OCS, CCS 334, CCS Minutes].)

The French determination to raise new units from among the liberated population raised questions of command and supply. General Marshall, who had held a meeting with Lieutenant General Emile B

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