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To Commanding General, United States Forces, London1
November 6, 1942 Washington, D.C.
Please send the following personal message from me to a certain naval party: “Having been privileged to witness your courage and resolution on the day of the fall of Tobruk I am unable to express to the full my delight over the news from the Middle East and my admiration for the British Army. “2
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. Major General Russell P. Hartle, deputy theater commander.
2. The British Eighth Army had opened an offensive at Alamein on the night of October 23-24 and had achieved a decisive breakthrough on November 4. Churchill later called the battle “the turning of ‘the Hinge of Fate.'” (Winston S. Churchill, The Hinge of Fate, a volume in The Second World War [Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1950], p. 603.) The prime minister replied to Marshall: “I am indeed grateful to you for your message. At the time of Tobruk I was deeply touched by the delicacy and kindness which all of you showed.” (Churchill to Marshall, Radio No. 6286, November 9, 1942, NA/RG 165 [OPD, Exec. 5, Item 5]. Concerning the fall of Tobruk, see editorial note #3-228, Papers of George Catlett Marshall [3: 242-46].)
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), p. 428.