3-348 Memorandum for General McNair, October 1, 1942

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: October 1, 1942

Subject: World War II

Memorandum for General McNair

October 1, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]


I have just read a lengthy report on antiaircraft instruction and procedure prepared by some British officers who visited seven of our antiaircraft training centers and the Radar School at Camp Murphy, Florida, and the Fighter Command School at Orlando, Florida. I am much impressed with what they have to say and rather disturbed to see so many indications of ineffective instruction and poorly prepared instructors.1

I would like this report handled without prejudice, purely as a document intended to help us. I think we should give the various details a thorough going over and act with promptness.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. On this same date Marshall wrote to Lieutenant General Gordon N. Macready, head of the army staff of the British Joint Staff Mission to express his “personal and official appreciation” for the report. He also wrote to the commanding general of the Antiaircraft Command, Major General Joseph A. Green, that he was “really concerned over some of these things,” particularly “the character of the instruction that is being given.” (Marshall to Macready, and Marshall Memorandum for General Green, October 1, 1942, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)

2. Green replied the next day that he had received a copy of the report of the June inspections by four British experts. Many of the things they had criticized at the time had since been corrected, he stated; moreover, the easing of the materiel shortages and the absorption of the manpower expansion made him “confident that definite and favorable results will follow.” McNair reported in a similar vein, lauding both the British report and Green, who “has done an outstanding job against tremendous odds. . . The Antiaircraft Command is on its way. . . . The present set-up is sound and will deliver the goods in reasonable time.” (Green Memorandum for General Marshall, October 2, 1942, NA/RG 165 [OCS, 353 (9-30-42)]; McNair Memorandum for the Chief of Staff, October 9, 1942, ibid.)

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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), p. 377.

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