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4-400 Memorandum for the President, June 6, 1944

1944
   
Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: June 6, 1944

Subject: World War II


Memorandum for the President

June 6, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]

Secret

Subject: Casualties and Prisoners.

You asked me this morning what our latest returns were regarding casualties.1 I give you the following, which cover the period from May 10 to June 1 (except for prisoners of war which is as of May 31) for U.S. and associated Allied troops of the Fifth Army, and from May 10 to June 2 for British, Canadian, Indian, Polish, and Italian troops of the Eighth Army:

KilledWoundedMissingPrisoners

Fifth Army

U.S.2,1299,2848267,334

French1,5076,9505734,328

British2451,1422,354137

Italian 2 37 365 0

Totals3,88317,4134,11811,799

Eighth Army

British,

Canadian,

Indian,

Polish, and

Italian troops2,2589,1771,1943,956

Grand Totals6,14126,5905,31215,755

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. Marshall had a meeting at the White House on the morning of June 6. “I was very careful to send Mr. Roosevelt every few days a statement of our casualties, and it was done in a very effective way, graphically and rather in colors, so it would be quite clear to him when he had only a moment or two to consider,” recalled Marshall in 1957. “I tried to keep before him all the time the casualty results, because you get hardened to these things and you have to be very careful to keep them always in the forefront of your mind.” (Marshall Interviews, p. 416.) For another casualty report, see Marshall Memorandum for the President, August 16, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-478 [4: 548-49].

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), pp. 470-471.

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