4-353 Memorandum for the President, April 15, 1944

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: April 15, 1944

Subject: World War II

Memorandum for the President

April 15, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]


The attached notes on conditions in France were dictated by General T. Bentley Mott, whom you perhaps know. If not, he was our Attache in France for many years and has spent most of his adult life in France. He married a Frenchwoman, with Foch as his best man. She has since died.

Frank McCoy tells me that Mott was allowed (apparently through oversight) more or less complete liberty in Unoccupied France for a long time and only rather recently was he taken under surveillance. He therefore had a good opportunity to sense French reactions.

The attached notes were given, I think, to General McCoy and sent by him to Mr. Stimson. I am having a group of three officers, one from Operations, one from G-2 and one from the Civil Affairs Division, call on General Mott in the hospital near New York to collect all the data that he is able to give them which bears on our immediate problems.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. Brigadier General T. Bentley Mott (U.S.M.A., 1886) had lived in France most of his years since 1900, when he was first assigned as military attach

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