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Memorandum for General Somervell
July 28, 1942 Washington, D.C.
I was concerned to learn that troops are still leaving the country without the boxes of books and other morale boosters—A-1 outfits or something of that sort I believe they are called. I thought this had been settled six months ago. I discovered that some of those going to points in Iceland, for example, did not have this equipment. I have the figures but have lost the paper. Probably will find it later. In the meantime let me know why this has not gone through as I had understood it was to be done.1
G. C. M.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Office of the Chief of Staff (OCS), 353.86, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed memorandum signed.
1. Somervell replied that the failure to provide “A” (athletic) and “B” (radio-phonograph) kits with all units destined for Iceland was due to the regulations which left the decision to take the kits as an option of the commanding officers. A new directive was being prepared to make loading of the kits automatic unless the commanding officer directed that the kits be shipped later. “Some commanders going to Iceland desired specialized recreational equipment in addition to or in lieu of “A” and “B” Kits, and $119,241 was expended by, or at the instance of Special Service to provide such equipment.” Somervell assured General Marshall that kits would be supplied once a report from Iceland indicated the number needed. (Somervell Memorandum for Chief of Staff, July 29, 1942, NA/RG 165 [OCS, 353.86].) For Marshall’s previous comments regarding troop kits, see Marshall Memorandum for General Osborn, March 4, 1942, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-117 [3: 121-22].
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. 281-282.