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Memorandum for the President
June 17, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
Subject: DeGaulle-Giraud controversy.
Attached is a message which I have dispatched to General Eisenhower.1 It is self-explanatory, and contains my recommendations to you regarding the DeGaulle-Giraud controversy.
I have shown the message to the Secretary of War and he is in agreement with me.
The Secretary of State, Mr. Hull, telephoned me early this morning and urged that some action be taken from Washington to prevent an unfortunate situation developing in Africa.
Also attached are the two messages referred to from Murphy to Mr. Hull.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. See Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-020 [4: 20-21], Marshall to Eisenhower, June 17, 1943.
2. Murphy’s messages 1108 and 1109 are described in editorial note #4-019. Eisenhower met with de Gaulle and Giraud on June 19. Three days later he reported to Marshall that the French Committee of National Liberation had adopted a decree making Giraud commander in chief of all French forces in North Africa. De Gaulle could not obtain control of these forces—and Eisenhower asserted that he would “constantly watch to see that this condition is not changed by subterfuge”—but he retained control of all French forces elsewhere. (Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower, #1064, #1070 [2: 1200-1201, 1207].)
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. 21-22.