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Memorandum for Field Marshal Sir John Dill
March 2, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
Personal and Confidential
I am attaching the record of the meeting to which you evidently referred yesterday, and also a copy of my radio to Stilwell.1
On thinking over the growing complexity of this matter I have come to the conclusion that if you so desire I will not object to your transmitting to the British Chiefs of Staff a copy of my message to Stilwell but with the understanding that it is not sent to Mountbatten in any form. Also with the understanding that you explain that the reference to the Navy concern with the Time article in no way involves Admiral King. He had not heard of it.
It should also be explained that this must be treated as a matter of the utmost confidence because it concerns the “top”. I am endeavoring to take measures through the Secretary of War to prevent repetitions but it is an extremely difficult thing to do.
Because of the nature of this note I am not leaving it in the records here and should have preferred to have told you this over the phone, but so that there may be no misunderstanding I am dictating it.
With reference to the conference with General Ferris, General Boatner, etc., this has been the practice with any senior officers returning from any theater and there is the further consideration that Stilwell’s staff is involved also with matters in China with which Mountbatten has nothing to do.
[P.S.] Please destroy this.
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 two enclosures included a copy of the minutes of the first conference with officers from the China-Burma-India theater, February 8, and Marshall’s March I, 1944, radio message to Stilwell, see Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-273 [4: 321-23]. Stilwell’s representatives—Brigadier General Benjamin G. Ferris (U.S.M.A., 1915), Brigadier General Haydon L. Boatner, Colonel Francis G. Brink, and Lieutenant Colonel Francis Hill (U.S.M.A., 1933)—held meetings with War Department staff officers and planners.
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. 327-328.