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Memorandum for General Handy
November 8, 1943 Washington, D.C.
Informally I have been told that our Ambassador in London, Mr. Winant, suggests turning over half of his Embassy to me if I go to London.1 I don’t know just how serious the proposal is, nor its implications.
Please mention this to General Morgan.2
G. C. M.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum signed.
1. Admiral Leahy had given Marshall a note dated November 2 that read: “Winant suggests that he attend the coming conference. He also suggests letting you have half of his Embassy when you come to London.” (GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers (Pentagon Office, Selected].)
2. Handy replied: “My first reaction, with which General Morgan is inclined to agree, is that it would be a mistake to take any action which might be construed as making the Supreme Allied Commander and his Headquarters an offshoot of the American Embassy. However, Morgan feels that there will be a question of suitable space and that the Embassy proposal should be considered.” (Handy Memorandum for General Marshall, November 8, 1943, ibid.) General Morgan later wrote that it would have been “quite wrong to emphasise thus the American angle. In view of the atmosphere in London it would be highly desirable to stress internationality.” Facilities for the supreme commander were prepared in Norfolk House, in St. James’s Square, where Morgan’s COSSAC offices were already located. (Morgan, Overture to Overlord, p. 214.)
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. 184.