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To Colonel Marshall S. Carter
May 25, 1946 Radio No. GOLD 767. [Nanking, China]
General Yu Ta-wei is now conferring with Gillem’s people regarding ammunition requirements for Chinese forces. Ammunition acquired through requisition will constitute a strategic reserve. Basis of requisition is six months supply for 39 Alpha divisions.1 I approve in principle this basis. When compiled requisition will be submitted to Chinese Supply Commission Washington for submission to War Department. Opposition to granting requisition may arise due to its projected use in Manchuria, however the Chinese now have a reserve of 100 days of supply which would presumably cover such fighting as may continue in Manchuria short of an outbreak into a general civil war. The U. S. cannot well afford to cut off completely logistical support and thus virtually disarm forces armed with U. S. equipment. Chinese would be responsible for transporting ammunition. As I see it this would be a matter of outright purchase.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the Department of State (RG 59), Lot Files, Marshall Mission, Military Affairs, GOLD Messages, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. Regarding the Alpha divisions, see Marshall to Wedemeyer, August 11, 1945, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #5-198 [5: 269].
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. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), pp. 565-566.