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Memorandum for Mr. Hopkins
August 21, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
Subject: Colored Troops in England.
The present policy is to send colored units to England in such numbers that the number of colored men will not exceed 10.6 per cent of the total United States Army strength. This is the ratio established by the Selective Service System for induction, and which we practically have been forced to adopt for all theatres.
The figure of 100,000 would be contingent upon sending about a million to the British Isles.
Present colored strength in the United Kingdom is 5,683.
Document Copy Text Format: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Office of the Chief of Staff (OCS), Project Decimal File 1941-43, 291.21 England, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
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. 310.