4-368 Memorandum for the President, April 24, 1944

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: April 24, 1944

Subject: World War II

Memorandum for the President

April 24, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]


With reference to your memorandum of 21 April, General Giraud’s presence in England in such a capacity might cause General Eisenhower difficulty or embarrassment at a time when he should be free to deal with major problems.1 A message has been sent to Eisenhower asking him for his comments on General Giraud’s assignment to his staff in an advisory capacity. As soon as General Eisenhower’s views are received they will be transmitted to you.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 April 19 Secretary of State Cordell Hull had notified President Roosevelt that it was General Henri Giraud’s desire to be assigned as a technical adviser to the Supreme Allied Commander in the Mediterranean theater, or as a technical adviser to the Supreme Allied Commander, Allied Expeditionary Force (London), or to Washington, D.C., as a technical adviser to the Combined Chiefs of Staff. General de Gaulle, president of the French Committee of National Liberation, had relieved General Giraud from any command responsibilities and from his position as commander in chief of Free French forces on April 14, 1944. Secretary Hull’s message to the president suggested that through State Department officials dealing directly with General Giraud, he should be told that the United States was appreciative of his contribution to the Allied war effort, that he could be granted political asylum in the United States if needed, but assigning him to any official capacity would have largely negative effects. Hull suggested that if Giraud decided to leave North Africa, it would be best if he went to England. On April 21 President Roosevelt asked for General Marshall’s opinions on the wisdom of assigning General Giraud to any official capacity. (Roosevelt Memorandum for General Marshall, April 21, 1944, and attached Hull Memorandum for the President, April 19, 1944, NA/RG 165 [OPD, 336 Security, Case 61]. For information on the French situation and Giraud’s removal from command, see editorial note #4-384, Papers of George Catlett Marshall [4: 451-53].

2. See the following document (Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-369 [4: 433-34]).

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. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), p. 433.

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