1-552 Memorandum for the Chief of Infantry, February 2, 1939

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: February 2, 1939

Memorandum for the Chief of Infantry1

February 2, 1939 [Washington, D.C.]


The preparation and presentation of the special defense program, along with certain related studies which have to be quickly prepared, has overburdened the General Staff. The services of additional qualified officers are necessary immediately to meet the demands of the next month. This has particular application to the War Plans Division.

The Chief of Staff desires to draw temporarily on less heavily pressed sections of the War Department for the necessary assistance, as additional officers are not to be ordered for duty in Washington. He recognizes that such action may delay the completion of certain of your projects.

Below are listed the names of two officers on duty in your office. It is desired that you furnish this office the name of one of the officers listed, who can best be spared for temporary duty at this time:

Lieut. Colonel L. C. Allen

Major R. G. Tindall

Similar request has been made of other Chiefs of Arms.

Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the War Plans Division, File 3354, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.

Document Format: Typed memorandum.

1. Similar memorandums requesting one officer from a list given went to the chiefs of Coast Artillery, Engineers, Cavalry, and Field Artillery. This was probably precipitated by General Strong’s memorandum of January 27: “The situation in regard to commissioned personnel in the War Plans Division is critical. The present personnel is inadequate properly to carry out the duties assigned with a reasonable degree of promptness and efficiency." (Strong to Chief of Staff, January 27, 1939, NA/RG 165 [War Plans Division, File 3354].)

Recommended Citation: The Papers 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. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), pp. 688-689.

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