3-423 Memorandum for General Surles, November 25, 1942

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: November 25, 1942

Subject: World War II

Memorandum for General Surles

November 25, 1942 Washington, D.C.


With reference to this morning’s attacks on the War Department as to release of news from North Africa, I quote for your information a paragraph from a letter just received from Eisenhower:

“My own worry is communications. For some strange reason radio seems to work at its lowest level of efficiency in this area and I am constantly battling with airplane messengers and aerial reconnaissance to keep contact with our scattered forces.”1

We cannot advertise to the world that he is having communications difficulties but you can tell these press men that when the commander is in trouble over communications they certainly cannot expect voluminous press releases. As a matter of fact they know practically as much as we know and we regret that it is not organized as a New York newspaper office.

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), 0.007 Africa, National Archives and Records Service, Washington, D.C.

Document Format: Typed memorandum signed.

1. See Eisenhower’s letter to Marshall, November 17, 1942, Papers of DDE, 2: 730.

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. 451-452.

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