3-294 Memorandum for Admiral King, August 26, 1942

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: August 26, 1942

Subject: World War II

Memorandum for Admiral King

August 26, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]


Yesterday at the Staff meeting we discussed the urgent necessity of getting the necessary data for the future production program to Donald Nelson’s organization in early September. The general opinion was that the information regarding Maritime and Naval shipping and aviation could be assembled without further delay and released to WPB by September 1st; that the trouble would be over the ground forces, the British possibly opposing our program.1

The day before yesterday I sent you and Admiral Leahy a memorandum regarding our Calendar Year 1943 Troop Basis.2 I would appreciate your giving me a clearance on this as soon as practicable as we are already three months late, which is bound to provoke a very serious embarrassment in January to March organizations, and in camps and supplies.

The trouble has been that until we had determined on our strategical program—whether the Pacific with long turnarounds for troop convoys and therefore less tonnage available and fewer troops that could be moved overseas—or Bolero or Africa, we could not reach a decision as to the number of troops that should be built up or in process of being conditioned in the Calendar Year 1943. Also, a further complication has been that the President in conversations regarding this matter became confused between the Fiscal Year program and the Calendar Year program. He actually indicated a tentative approval which in effect reduced by some 450,000 what he already had approved formally for 1942.3

Now the Budget (Mr. Wayne Coy)4 proposes that this be cleared through the Combined Chiefs of Staff and the Combined War Production and Resources Board. If this were done it would be at least a month I should say before we had reached some form of compromise agreement. We must not have this delay.

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

Document Format: Typed memorandum.

1. Donald M. Nelson was chairman of the War Production Board. Production policy had been a topic for discussion at the August 25 meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (Minutes of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Meeting, August 25, 1942, NA/RG 165 [OCS, CCS 334, JCS Minutes].)

2. See Marshall Memorandum for Leahy, King, and Arnold, August 24, 1942, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-290 [3: 315-16].

3. See note 1, Marshall Memorandum for the President, August 10, 1942, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-275 [298-99], and Marshall Memorandum for the President, August 14, 1942, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-277 [3: 300-1].

4. (Albert) Wayne Coy was assistant director of the Bureau of the Budget.

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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), pp. 320-321.

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