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Memorandum for the Assistant Chief
of Staff, G-2 [Miles]
July 28, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
The Secretary of War would like to have an informal estimate, oral and written, on the Russian operations, in view of the data that has possibly been obtained from the recently arrived Russian Mission. The Secretary particularly wishes to have the possible effect of the guerrilla tactics evaluated. What is thought of the capacity of the Russians to carry out such a type of warfare? He would like to have a brief study of the present status of Russian industry.1
I wish you would make an appointment for Faymonville to see the Secretary and tell him his impressions of what he has picked up from the Russian Mission.2
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. On July 26 a Soviet military mission, headed by Lieutenant General Filip I. Golikov, arrived in Washington and met with the chief of staff. Marshall informed the War Council on July 28 that the Soviet Union desired war materiel and a readjustment of United States munitions aid in recognition of their assumption of the major battlefield burden. Marshall refused to make any commitments, however. He also recounted for the council the Soviets’ estimate of the battlefield situation and their appraisal of the German Army. He observed that Soviet guerrilla tactics, which were “forceful and very cruel,” had inflicted heavy losses on the invaders. Impressed by this evidence, Secretary Stimson criticized G-2 for not properly evaluating partisan activity. (Orlando Ward Notes on Conference in the Office of the Secretary of War, July 28, 1941, NA/RG 165 [OCS, War Council Minutes].) “I had a long talk with General Miles on the subject” after the meeting, Stimson recorded. (July 28, 1941, Yale/H. L. Stimson Papers[Diary, 34: 211].)
2. Colonel Philip R. Faymonville (U.S.M.A., 1912)—formerly a military attach