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Memorandum to the Press1
November 4, 1944 Washington, D.C.
TO THE BRITISH CHIEFS OF STAFF
The United States Chiefs of Staff feel they share equally with you the loss to our combined war effort resulting from the death of Field Marshal Sir John Dill. His character and wisdom, his selfless devotion to the Allied cause, made his contribution to the combined British-American war effort of outstanding importance. It is not too much to say that probably no other individual was more responsible for the achievement of complete cooperation in the work of the Combined Chiefs of Staff.
During the dark period when we were on the defensive on all fronts and continuing through the rising tide of victories, we have looked to him with complete confidence as a leader in our combined deliberations. He has been a personal friend of all of us and a keystone in the British and American cooperation which is now sweeping us to victory.
We mourn with you the passing of a great and wise soldier, and a great gentleman. His task in this war has been well done.
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. Marshall edited an Operations Division draft to produce this document.
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. 653.