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Radio for Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill
Memorandum for General Deane
April 21, 1943 [Washington, D.C.]
Please transmit the following personal message from me to the Prime Minister to the British Mission with the request that it be forwarded:
“The expressions in your personal message to me of April 17th are greatly appreciated.1 I am seriously involved now in an endeavor to find a way past the obstacles of landing craft, etc., to an earlier date for modified HUSKY than is tentatively proposed by officers studying the problem here, as possible of arrangement.
“I appreciate your desire to have me in London to pursue plans and to facilitate discussions. However, it is considered imperative that I make a quick trip into the Pacific early in May to visit that theater for the first time and especially to orient the various people concerned, who are reacting to public clamor for intensification of war effort in that theater.
“My views I think are your views except possibly as to continuation beyond HUSKY in that locality and as to status of ANAKIM.2
“I shall be here until Wavell and his associates arrive, if they are coming, and by that time a fairly firm decision must have been arrived at regarding modified HUSKY. In the Pacific I shall be kept in daily touch with Washington.”
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. Churchill had been informed of the modified HUSKY plan that Marshall outlined at the April 16 meeting of the Combined Chiefs of Staff. “Personally I think your idea splendid and real war,” Churchill cabled. “A stitch in time saves nine. Our staffs cannot of course commit themselves but they will immediately examine the project with the fullest desire for action. In order that the obvious difficulties shall be properly grappled with, I am sure you should come over here at the earliest. We should feel much reinforced by your presence when such grave matters have to be weighed.” (Churchill to Marshall, April 17, 1943, GCML/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
2. On this carbon file copy the words “and certainly as to ROUNDUP” were marked out following the word ANAKIM by Marshall’s secretary.
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. 656-657.