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November 12, 1918 [Souilly], France
Plan of Future Movements.
1. Definite instructions have not been received by these headquarters as to future operations. At present the only information at hand is that an advance will be made on November 17th towards the RHINE River, in the general direction LUXEMBORG-COBLENZ. The left of the 1st Army will follow the general line—CARIGNAN-FLORENVILLE-REDANCE. Whether the whole Army, or a part thereof, or only one corps will advance, is not known.
2. In view of the short time available for preparations, the following preliminary steps will be taken, which it is believed will meet any requirements which may be imposed by higher authority.
3. RE-ARRANGEMENT OF PRESENT CORPS FRONTS.
The Army Corps will re-adjust their front so as to have only the divisions in line indicated below:
(a) 5th Corps
77th Division in line;
2nd Division in reserve west of BEAUMONT,
89th Division in reserve near NOUART.
(b) 3rd Corps
90th and 32nd Divisions in line,
5th Division in reserve west of NANTILLOIS,
1st Division in reserve south and southeast of MONTFAUCON.
42nd Division in reserve near BANTHEVILLE.
(c) 2nd Colonial Corps:
79th, 6th, and 81st Divisions in line.
15th D.I.C. in reserve west of the MEUSE and north of VERDUN.
10th D.I.C. in reserve south of VERDUN.
26th U.S. Division to pass to Army Reserve in SOUILLY region.
(d) In carrying out the foregoing movements, the 42nd Division will be moved into the zone of the 3rd Corps under orders to be issued by the 3rd Corps in agreement with the 5th Corps.
The movements in the rear zone of the 3rd Corps must not conflict with the march of the 6th Division into the zone of the 2nd C.A.C.
The movement of the 26th U.S. Division out of the zone of the 2nd C.A.C. into the SOUILLY region, will be carried out under orders to be issued by the 2nd C.A.C. in agreement with the G-3 Section, 1st Army.1
4. FORWARD MOVEMENT:
The following divisions will be prepared to move forward so as to start crossing the present front line early on November 17th, as indicated below:
2nd Division at MOUZON or INOR.
89th Division via DUN-sur-MEUSE.
42nd Division via VILOSNES.
1st Division via CHARNEY.
The following divisions will be prepared to move forward across the present front line on November 19th:
77th Division to follow 2nd Division.
90th Division to follow 89th Division.
32nd Division to follow 42nd Division.
5. ARMY RESERVES:
At 12 hours on November 13th the following divisions will be relieved from the corps to which they are now attached and will be attached to the 7th Corps (P.C. at BENOITVAUX).
The 26th Division will pass to the 7th Corps upon its arrival in the SOUILLY region.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the American Expeditionary Forces (World War I) (RG 120), Records of the First Army, Historical File, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. D.I.C. = division d’infanterie colonial. C.A.C. = corps d’armee colonial.
Recommended Citation: The Papers 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. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), pp. 168-169.