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Memorandum for the President
June 27, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
You may find something of interest in the attached pamphlet. These are gotten up hurriedly, under considerable pressure, so as to permit the prompt transmission to Army units all over the world and in training at home, the reactions and views of officers and soldiers in the field. An effort is made to present the material in easily readable form.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. President Roosevelt was sent a copy of Combat Lessons: Rank and file in combat: What they’re doing, How they do it, Number 3 in a series prepared from combat reports and published by the Operations Division. In the introduction Marshall stated that the purpose of the series was to give to officers and enlisted men the benefit of the battle experiences of others. “They do not necessarily represent the carefully considered views of the War Department; they do, however, reflect the actual experiences of combat,” wrote Marshall. “The paramount combat lesson learned from every operation is the vital importance of leadership. . . Aggressive and determined leadership is the priceless factor which inspires a command and upon which all success in battle depends.”
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. 497.