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Memorandum for General Handy1
March 25, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
To confirm what I told you yesterday afternoon:
During my absence, and I am due back Tuesday morning—possibly Monday afternoon,2 I trust to your judgment in committing me to my decisions regarding the ANVIL-OVERLORD. I think it is important that we act promptly, and therefore I do not want my absence to delay matters and I am quite certain that your view will be a sound one.
Should anything come up, make clear to your Naval opposites that you have the authority to act in my name. The same applies to matters pertaining to India-Burma-China.
Incidentally, I sent you a draft of the radio for Stilwell yesterday afternoon with a note to dispatch it if it appeared o.k. to you. I failed to state that it should be for his eyes only, because it would be unfortunate to have Sultan read this message.3
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. Major General Thomas T. Handy was the assistant chief of staff, Operations Division.
2. General Marshall went to Bermuda for the weekend. See note 1, Marshall to Brown, March 24, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-316 [4: 370].
3. See the previous document (Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-319 [4: 372-73]).
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. 373-374.