2-611 To Field Marshal Sir John Dill Memorandum for The Adjutant General, December 2, 1941

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: December 2, 1941

To Field Marshal Sir John Dill

Memorandum for The Adjutant General

December 2, 1941 Radio [Washington, D.C.]


Please send the following radio in secret code to General Lee, Military Attaché, American Embassy, London, for Field Marshal Sir John Dill:

“I hope you will proceed to your new assignment by way of the United States and I would be honored and delighted if you would be my guest during your transit of this country.1 Mrs. Marshall joins me in a similar invitation to Lady Dill. We can travel very comfortably by air following the warmer southern route. You can see what you choose of our military effort and enjoy something of the scenic beauty enroute Indian antiquities of the Southwest Grand Canyon and West Coast.


Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Office of the Chief of Staff (OCS), 18565–45, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.

Document Format: Typed memorandum.

1. Dill’s resignation as chief of the Imperial General Staff, announced on November 18 was to become effective December 25, 1941, his sixtieth birthday. He was raised in rank to field marshal and designated the governor of Bombay. (New York Times, November 19, 1941, pp. 1, 6.)

Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr.(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981– ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), p. 689.

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