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Memorandum for Assistant Chief of Staff, War Plans Division [Gerow]
January 10, 1942 Washington, D.C.
The Assistant Secretary of War, Mr. McCloy, said that T. V. Soong had asked him whether or not under our present unity of command set-up the Generalissimo was free to operate offensively in Indo-China. Mr. Soong stated that he thought the Generalissimo was ready to do so and it was desirable that he initiate such operations.
This is an irregular channel of communication between theater commanders. However, we will probably have to tell Soong something.1
G. C. M.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs, Record of the War Plans Division (WPD), 4389-70, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed memorandum signed.
1. Marshall told McCloy (who forwarded the document to Soong): “The Asiatic boundary of the Southwestern Pacific Theater was so established as to place occupied portions of Thailand and Indo-China under the supreme command of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek. Consequently, operations contemplated by him in that theater do not conflict with the planning of General Wavell. Only in the event that the Generalissimo should intend to include portions of Burma in his projected zone of operations would it be necessary for him to coordinate details with General Wavell. On the other hand, it might be suggested that a notification to General Wavell of the Generalissimo’s intention to begin those operations would probably produce a better final result.” (Papers of DDE, 1: 46-47.)
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. 56-57.