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Memorandum for the Secretary of State
January 19, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
The following is my proposal for the communication to Mr. Sumner Welles:1
Secret code from General Marshall to Under Secretary of State, Mr. Sumner Welles, through United States Ambassador at Rio de Janeiro.
“Reference your telephone conversation with the President this afternoon regarding lease-loan materiel for Brazilian Army, the following data is supplied: We are now releasing for Brazil thirty-one scout cars ten light tanks seventy-four jeeps or one-quarter ton trucks twenty ambulances with organic arms and ammunition for weapons and thirty motorcycles. We have arranged for shipment of ten light tanks per month to a total of sixty-five, two hundred one-quarter ton jeeps in February and 250 in March. These are weapon as well as scout carriers. One hundred eighty-two one-half ton cargo trucks in February and one hundred a month thereafter to a total of five hundred fifty-seven. Five two and a half ton prime mover trucks in February and five a month thereafter to a total of forty-nine. Twenty one-half ton weapon carrier trucks in February and one hundred a month thereafter to a total of four hundred and ten. Ninety one and a half ton cargo trucks in February and ninety a month thereafter to a total of three hundred eighty. Airplanes: Fifty percent of the primary trainers have been delivered and the remainder are to go forward on a basis of five per month starting now. Fifty basic trainers will not be available until starting in August unless we are able to force up production. Combat airplanes under present production rates will not be available for release until fall. We are making another careful survey of harbor defense equipment to see if any can be removed from present installations for transfer to Brazil and will notify regarding this shortly.2 For your information we are having heavy daily demands for ammunition for United States troops actually engaged and for United States expeditionary forces now embarking. I question advisability of commenting on this excepting in most general terms.[“]
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 version sent by the State Department is published in Foreign Relations, 1942, 5: 636-37.
2. On January 21 the president directed Marshall to send Welles a list of the coast defense material that the United States could offer Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay, and Venezuela. (Marshall Memorandum for the President, January 22, 1942, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
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), pp. 70-71.