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Memorandum for Colonel McCarthy
November 14, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
Following are proposed paragraphs for Mr. Morgenthau’s use:1
The war in Europe and in the Southwest Pacific has now reached the stage where the consumption of munitions will far exceed any previous totals, and production must therefore be maintained accordingly.
Until the latter part of last summer the Allied fronts were comparatively short and in many localities the action was intermittent. The deployment of our forces has now reached the point where the majority of Allied divisions are continuously engaged in a day by day battle. In Europe the Allied front exceeds a thousand miles and not only is the battle continuous throughout that distance but the number of divisions on the front is being constantly increased. Therefore in the great assaults which we hope will bring the war to a final conclusion in that theater, the consumption of ammunition and wastage of materiel will be on a vast and constantly increasing scale up to the hour of the Armistice.
In the Southwest Pacific much the same situation is developing, where the American divisions are engaged in a continuous battle which will be prolonged until the principal strongholds of the Japanese in the Philippines have been abolished. Here again then we have a consumption of munitions and inevitable wastage of materiel far beyond that involved in the capture of isolated island strongholds.
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. For Marshall’s ideas regarding the proper public approach the secretary of the treasury should adopt toward the Sixth War Loan Drive, see Marshall Memorandum for General Somervell, November 11,1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-573 [4: 656-57].
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. 660-661.