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To Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten1
June 12, 1944 Radio No. OZ-3095 [London, England]
Following Private and Personal for Admiral Mountbatten.
Today we visited the British and American Armies on the soil of France. We sailed through vast fleets of vessels with landing-craft of many types pouring more and more men, vehicles and stores ashore. We saw artificial harbours in the process of rapid development. We have shared our secrets in common and helped each other all we could. We wish to tell you at this moment in your arduous campaign that we realise that much of the remarkable technique and therefore the success of the venture has its origin in the developments effected by you and your Staff of Combined Operations.2
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. This message was signed by General Arnold, General Sir Alan Brooke, Prime Minister Churchill, Admiral King, General Marshall, and Field Marshal Jan C. Smuts. A member of the British War Cabinet, Smuts had been prime minister of South Africa since 1939 and commanding officer of the Union Defense Forces since 1940.
2. Admiral Mountbatten replied: “I am glad to think that our contribution from Combined Operations Hq. to success of landing in France has been valued so highly. I am hoping in not too distant future that we shall be allowed to carry out a similar operation in this theatre.” (Mountbatten to Marshall et al., Radio No. SAC 3333, June 14, 1944, 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. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), pp. 478.