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Memorandum for General Handy
December 29, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
Apropos of Eisenhower’s radio to me of today,1 tell General McNair that Hodges will go to England. Work out with him, to your satisfaction, the transfer of an Army Headquarters in place of the Seventh Army Headquarters. I mean by this all of the Army troops, etc., that are involved. Do not allow numerology to control, or undue solicitude regarding the home front. Under the circumstances it would appear it should be selected troops and people from the Third Army staff, though the staff selections should be dictated by Eisenhower and not by Hodges. As a matter of fact, Patton will command the Army in all probability and Hodges may end up commanding the First Army.2
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. See notes 1 and 2 in the previous document (Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-187 [4: 215-16]).
2. Courtney H. Hodges was relieved from Third Army command, becoming deputy to Omar Bradley, commander of First Army. George S. Patton was named to command Third Army effective January 26,1944.
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. 216.