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Memorandum for General Surles
December 25, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
I wish you would have and quickly a summary made of the number of prisoners we have taken since the start of the German offensive so that you will be prepared to announce tomorrow that on a certain date, (whatever is the date up to which the prisoner reports are carried) we captured our eight hundred thousandth prisoner and have taken _______ prisoners “at least so far as reported” since the launching of the German offensive.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. A Bureau of Public Relations press release on December 26 stated that the 800,000th German prisoner on the western front had been taken on Christmas Eve and that 13,273 had been taken since the beginning of the German Ardennes offensive. (NA/RG 165 [OCS, 383.6].)
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. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), pp. 710-711.