4-168 From the President to Marshal Stalin, December 6, 1943

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: December 6, 1943

Subject: World War II

From the President to Marshal Stalin1

[December 6, 1943] [Radio] [Cairo, Egypt]


The immediate appointment of General Eisenhower to command of Overlord operation has been decided upon.


Cairo, Dec. 7. 43

Dear Eisenhower, I thought you might like to have this as a memento. It was written very hurriedly by me as the final meeting broke up yesterday, the President signing it immediately.

G. C. M.

Document Copy Text Source: Dwight D. Eisenhower, Crusade in Europe (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday and Company, 1948), p. 208.

Document Format: Handwritten radio message signed.

1. The message to Stalin is also printed in Foreign Relations, Conferences at Cairo and Tehran, 1943, p. 819. This version reads “the Command of OVERLORD” rather than “command of Overlord operation.” Eisenhower termed the document “one of my most cherished mementos of World War II.” (Dwight D. Eisenhower, Crusade in Europe (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday and Company, 1948), p. 208.)

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. 197.

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