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To Franklin D. Roosevelt
June 16, 1944 Radio No. S-53964 London, England
To AGWAR for the President from US Chiefs of Staff, Marshall, King and Arnold.
Reference our message to you of Wednesday regarding DeGaulle: I (Marshall) talked matters over with Ambassador Winant1 Thursday evening. He had nothing new to offer in the matter. General Bethouart called on me earlier in the afternoon regarding General Koenig being the sole channel of communication to French resistance groups and reference other matters I do not think it necessary to bring into present discussion. He has been in conference with Eisenhowers Headquarters this A. M.
Reactions as to DeGaulles visit to France are undoubtedly known to you through the press. Reception cordial and fairly enthusiastic. He declined lunch invitation with Montgomery lunching on French destroyer. He did not say anything tending to incite resentment towards United Nations and he acknowledged deep indebtedness to them.
Situation regarding complications in OVERLORD affairs and active operation shows some signs of improving with regard to details such as Koenig and resistance groups, liaison officers and money.2 At present we have no recommendations to submit. King will be able to present situation to you personally Monday A.M.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the Office of the Secretary of War (RG 107), Secretary of War Safe, French, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. John G. Winant was the United States ambassador to the United Kingdom.
2. General de Gaulle was angered that S.H.A.E.F. had issued invasion currency to Allied soldiers in the assault units because he considered such a decision to be the prerogative of the French Committee of National Liberation. He also refused to allow French liaison officers trained for civil affairs work to accompany the initial assault troops, but he eventually allowed liaison officers to accompany the Allied forces. Uneasiness over the currency situation proved unwarranted when reports indicated that the French people were accepting the invasion currency. (Forrest C. Pogue, The Supreme Command, a volume in the United States Army in World War II [Washington: GPO, 1954], pp. 231-35. For General Eisenhower’s efforts to deal with the currency issue, see Papers of DDE, 3: 1921-22.)
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), p. 485.