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Memorandum for General Strong
November 17, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
We are, as you know, in the midst of a most complicated and difficult situation regarding Vichy French, Free French, Darlan, et al. I am inclined to the view that we should change our policy immediately in our dealing with the Free French representatives here in Washington.
In the past we have always been fearful of their looseness in talk, giving away secrets and matters of that kind, in addition to the diplomatic involvements. It seems to me that we should now change our tune, our courtesies, and so forth.
I should like to have a memorandum from you on this as quickly as you can get it to me because I wish to discuss it with the Secretary of State.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. Strong replied that he would “welcome a definite policy” regarding the various French factions and that heretofore G-2 had followed the State Department’s policy of affording no official recognition for the Free French. “I think the best policy to be followed is to deal with French authorities in any particular area on a de facto basis, irrespective of whether they are Vichy French, Free French, De Gaullists, Darlanists, or any other stripe.” (Strong Memorandum for the Chief of Staff, November 17, 1942, NA/RG 165 [OPD, 336 France, Sec. 1, Case 58].)
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. 441.