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Memorandum for Commanding General,
Second Brigade [s. King]
May 22, 1918 [Mesnil-St. Firmin], France
1. The present critical situation makes it vital that prisoners be obtained on our front, particularly from the unidentified division facing the northern portion of our sector.
2. No prisoners have been obtained since May 2nd. Our ambuscade patrols have so far been unsuccessful. It is quite evident that the enemy is carefully avoiding the possibility of losing prisoners.
3. The Division Commander therefore directs that a determined effort be made to obtain prisoners in the shortest practicable time by means of patrols, larger combat groups, silent raids or raid with artillery support. For the last mentioned there is no time for training and long preparation. Heavy fire on a designated area, possibly followed by a box barrage of such dimensions as not to require careful advance registration, can be furnished by the artillery on request. A concise statement with sketch showing:
area of preparation fire by artillery,
amount and time limits of box fire and time,
should accompany requests for artillery preparation.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the American Expeditionary Forces (World War I) (RG 120), Records of the First Division, Historical File, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed memorandum signed.
Recommended Citation: The Papers 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. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), pp. 138-139.