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Memorandum for General Somervell
May 22, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
Yesterday the President made inquiries regarding the distribution of captured materiel in Tunisia to the French. I told him that General Smith had informed us that as rapidly as materiel could be checked General Eisenhower would determine what portions it would be satisfactory to allocate to French units. The matter of available ammunition, spare parts, extra tubes for guns—particularly antiaircraft, etc., were important considerations which would depend upon a very complete check of the captured materiel.
The President expressed great interest in the possibility of manufacturing ammunition for some of the German guns where considerable numbers had been captured and adequate amounts of ammunition were not found. He thought possibly small assembly lines could be set up for this purpose in some of the plants in this country where the program was approaching completion.
Will you please look into this.1
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 Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-664 [3: 699].
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), pp. 698-699.