3-266 Memorandum for the President, August 5, 1942

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: August 5, 1942

Subject: World War II

Memorandum for the President

August 5, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]


You are familiar with the “Magic” reports on the decision of the Japanese Government not to undertake military operations against Russia at this time. Yesterday’s “Magic”, in the opinion of our G-2, confirms the authenticity of this information.1

I suggest the advisability of transmitting this information to Premier Stalin, if it has not already been done, as at least some encouragement in the present desperate Russian situation.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. G-2 had informed Marshall that “the Japanese Government has instructed its Ambassador in Berlin to inform the German Government that Japan will not undertake military operations against Russia at this time. After careful evaluation and checking with all other information on this subject available to G-2, this Division is convinced that the above information is authentic.” G-2 recommended that Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin be informed “with the object of strengthening overall Russian resistance to Germany.” (Brigadier General Hayes A. Kroner Memorandum for the Chief of Staff, August 5, 1942, NA/RG 165 [OCS, 381 Magic].)

2. This information was communicated to the Soviet government on August 6. See Foreign Relations, 1942, 3: 616.

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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), p. 288.

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