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Memorandum for Field Marshal Sir John Dill
September 28, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
With reference to our oral conversation regarding the withdrawal of an Indian Division from the Eighth Army front for transfer to the Burma Theater, I discussed the matter with the U.S. Chiefs of Staff and it was our understanding that at Quebec we were in accord with the suggested transfer of an Indian Division from the Eighth Army to Burma and that such a movement was not inconsistent with our statement that there was no intention to withdraw major American units from our Fifth Army until the completion of General Alexander’s present operation.1
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. At Quebec on September 16, Prime Minister Churchill submitted a memorandum regarding the proposed Rangoon operation (DRACULA). Of the five or six divisions needed, he noted: “a British-Indian division from Italy will start at the earliest moment irrespective of the state of the European war.” At the plenary session that day, Marshall had examined Churchill’s proposals from the American standpoint; his chief objection was the prime minister’s request to include two U.S. divisions in the operation. (Foreign Relations, Conference at Quebec, 1944, pp. 380, 463.)
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. 612-613.