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Memorandum for Colonel Ward
January 10, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
Accumulate concise data for me in preparation for hearings before Congress on the following subjects:
Why it was better to go ahead with the modernization of the 75 [mm] gun rather than to plunge on the 105 mm. I think something on this was worked up last year, and the data should include a line or two indicating that present program has already 105’s.
Data on the expected time of the distribution of the semi-automatic rifles up to completion of the 165,000 now under orders. Along with this a very brief digest of Wesson’s presentation or ideas regarding the reasons why the Garand rather than the Johnson gun.
The cost respectively of the division cantonments, and for the corps units recently created or enlarged.
The comparison of the motor transportation equipment now being assigned triangular divisions with the old horse and mule transportation, along with estimates of comparative cost both as to procurement and as to maintenance.
Estimate of time saved by the new Drill Regulations in the training of soldiers, of ROTC cadets, etc.
An estimate of the cost of concentrating the divisions, compared with the probable cost of returning them to their stations, particularly in view of the new motor equipment which will be available.
A paragraph on anti-tank defense as to organizations available and required.
A short outline (and the preparation of this must be highly confidential as to officers concerned) on what we consider as highly necessary additions to special troops or corps troops from the National Guard, and how they might be obtained by conversion prior to a reorganization of National Guard divisions.
A very brief statement of what Edgewood Arsenal has today (and the approximate amount that has been invested in it), along with additional pieces that we wish to add. This to reduce appropriations for Edgewood in order to promote a large brand new arsenal somewhere else.
I presume you can handle this thing without advertising these points to the world and without making it so secret that everybody becomes excited. But whatever you get, it has to be brief, and easily understandable.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr. (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), pp. 138-139.