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Memorandum for Admiral Leahy
July 4, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
I recommend that the second point (numbered 2) in the President’s proposed message regarding the “fairly large training force” be eliminated.1 It may give the DeGaullists the ammunition they apparently seek to advertise United States efforts to dominate French affairs. In view of the imminence of impending operations and the effect of a strong DeGaullist reaction at this particular moment, including the possibility it would offer Axis propagandists to offset our Italian propaganda, the inclusion of the second point appears inadvisable to me.2
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. President Roosevelt proposed to send Eisenhower and Robert Murphy a message stating that he concurred in the French Committee of National Liberation’s appointment of a new governor for French West Africa. Due to Dakar’s importance to Western Hemisphere defense, however, he wanted the French told: (1) that the United States could, at any time during the remainder of the war, have the governor replaced by “a man totally agreeable to the United States. (2) That the United States is contemplating sending to Dakar a fairly large force for training purposes in connection with the protection of the air fields and also for the protection and use of the port facilities and harbor.” (Draft message attached to Rear Admiral Wilson Brown to Marshall et al., July 3, 1943, GCMRL/G C Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
2. The change Marshall suggested was made. See Foreign Relations of the United States, 1943, 2: 169.
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), pp. 42-43.