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Memorandum for G-3
December 4, 1944 Washington, D.C.
Reference message to Eisenhower regarding possible reorganization of 13th Airborne Div. and delay to summer 1945—I will not accept this delay. Two delays (one already) are too destructive of morale to be considered.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. The Operations Division had sent S.H.A.E.F. a message regarding the proposed changes in organization and equipment of airborne divisions. “In view of the above do you desire to effect the reorganization of the 13th Airborne Division after its arrival in the theater, or do you desire that it be reorganized here and its sailing thereby delayed until the summer of 1945.” (Marshall [OPD] to Eisenhower, Radio No. WARX-72140, December 3, 1944, NA/RG 165 [OPD, TS Message File (CM-OUT-72140)].) The division arrived in France on February 6, 1945, but it never entered into combat.
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), p. 684.