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To Enit Kaufman from Lieutenant Colonel H. Merrill Pasco
March 13, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
Dear Mrs. Kaufman:
General Marshall has received your letter of March 4th and has asked me to thank you for sending him the sketch of his hands. He has approved the following statement concerning leadership to be used in the publication of the book on which you are collaborating with Dorothy Canfield Fisher:1
“Aggressive and determined leadership, from the purely military point of view, is the final determining factor in warfare. Genuine discipline, sound training, suitable munitions and adequate numbers are essentials, but they will be ineffective without the dominating influence of strong leadership. Deficiencies are made good by leadership. Difficulties are overcome by leadership. Military victories depend upon leadership. Of course, a successful army must have the strong support of the people in whose cause it fights.”2
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Portrait painter Enit Kaufman collaborated with writer Dorothy Canfield Fisher on the book American Portraits (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1946). The work includes Kaufman’s sketch of General Marshall which she made in December 1942. See Papers of George Catlett Marshall, 3: facing p. 448.
2. General Marshall handwrote this statement on leadership.
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. 341.