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Memorandum for Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1 [White]
March 30, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
I do not like your message of March 29 to General Eisenhower re delegation of authority to Army commanders. Its phrasing is not appropriate to a theater commander, rather to routine AGO [Adjutant General’s Office] instructions to a company commander; also a portion of it is liable to misinterpretation.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. The original draft of this typed document was presumably a handwritten note by Marshall.
2. The following message had been sent to Eisenhower on March 29: “Authority may be delegated by you to army commanders to reassign general officers within their commands to positions approved by the War Department as appropriate for general officer grade. This authority is to apply during combat operations only. Any reassignment made under this authority will be reported to the War Department with the least practicable delay.” (The Adjutant General to Eisenhower, March 29, 1944, Out Log, p. 99, NA/RG 165 [OPD, Message Log].)
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. 379-380.