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Memorandum for the President
July 5, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
It will interest you to know that the first contingent of the Brazilian Expeditionary Force, a Regimental Combat Team (5,000 men), sailed from Brazil for Italy on July 3, 1944. The remainder of this, their first division, will follow later. The date for the later move depends on accumulating the necessary equipment for these troops in the Naples area and finding the troop transports in the midst of preparations for ANVIL.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. The Brazilian Expeditionary Force was formally established by the Joint Brazil-United States Defense Commission in August 1943 and was supplied ground and air equipment by the United States. Eventually twenty-five thousand Brazilian ground forces and an air squadron served in the Italian theater. (Stetson Conn and Byron Fairchild, The Framework of Hemisphere Defense, a volume in the United States Army in World War II [Washington: GPO, 1960], pp. 327-30.) For another related topic of Latin Americans in military service, see Marshall Memorandum for General White, April 27, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-374 [4: 438-39].
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. 507.