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Memorandum for the President
August 16, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
You will probably be interested in the attached graph on casualties from the landing in Normandy up to August 7. The Second Division in which you have expressed a particular interest, has had about 5,000 casualties.1
We have no returns yet on the casualties of the Armored Divisions in the great drive now on, but an urgent request for ten new regimental commanders and twenty new battalion commanders to be sent immediately by air would indicate that there have been pretty heavy casualties among the senior officers.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. The attachment is not in the Marshall papers. It was presumably based upon an August 7 casualty report from the European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army, showing that the Second Infantry Division, which had landed in France on June 7, had suffered 4,785 battle and nonbattle casualties. This report (which lists 83,901 confirmed casualties for the theater’s ground forces between January 1, 1942, and August 7, 1944) is in NA/RG 165 (OPD, 704 ETO, Case 14).
2. The COBRA breakthrough at Saint-L