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Memorandum for General Moore
November 14, 1941 Washington, D.C.
Mr. Harriman has just talked to me prior to his departure tomorrow morning for London. He and General Chaney apparently are in agreement as to a certain method of procedure whereby Harriman releases to Chaney all technical details concerning the lease-loan munitions, and reserves to himself the more or less political and similar matters of that nature.1 However, he wishes to feel free to obtain from General Chaney such data regarding details as may be necessary to his, Harriman’s, general understanding of what is happening.
He said Chaney told him that I had so ordered matters, but I have no recollection of this. Will you please put me straight on what I have done, if anything, and what I should do in the way of directions to Chaney to carry out Harriman’s desire.2
G. C. M.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1917- (RG 407), Classified, 400.3295 [8-9-41], Sec. II, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed memorandum signed.
1. Major General James E. Chaney, the special army observer in London, had been a member of the United States military aid mission to the Soviet Union headed by W. Averell Harriman. He had returned with the mission to Washington in mid-October for a month of consultations on various aspects of Soviet aid. (The London Journal of General Raymond E. Lee, 1940-1941, ed. James Leutze [Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1971], pp. 280, 419-22; W. Averell Harriman and Elie Abel, Special Envoy to Churchill and Stalin, 1941-1946 [New York: Random House, 1975], pp. 108-9.)
2. The War Plans Division drafted a letter for Deputy Chief of Staff Richard C. Moore’s signature which reiterated Chaney’s responsibilities as the War Department’s lend-lease representative and the necessity for his avoiding diplomatic and political issues “except when military necessity dictates otherwise. . . . It is General Marshall’s desire that you continue to cooperate fully in every practicable way with Mr. Harriman. Toward this end it would be well to create an early opportunity to assure Mr. Harriman that any information he may desire will be gladly furnished.” (Moore to Chaney, November 19, 1941, NA/RG 407 [Classified, 400.3295 (8-9-41) Sec. 111.)
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr.(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), pp. 673-674.