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To Franklin D. Roosevelt
April 18, 1942 Radio No. 2432. London, England
For the President from General Marshall.
Information contained in War Department message number 320 concerning planes for India;1 President’s cable number 133 to Hopkins same subject and my message to McNarney indicating result of conference with Portal, have been shown to the Former Naval Person. The last provides details for a basis of mutual agreement which has been incorporated in a message number 2419 to McNarney which he is directed to attach to this message to you.
I communicated to the Secretary of War favorable result of final interview with Defense Cabinet Wednesday night and assume that he transmitted this information to you.2
Yesterday (Thursday) while Harry rested in country with Harriman specifically in pursuance of your instructions to me,3 I attended extensive military demonstration. The Former Naval Person took me in his train to Salisbury Plain for an all day demonstration of weapon firing, infantry assault with supporting weapons, armored brigade attack with artillery support, parachute and glider operation of airborne division; a walk through inspection of tank brigade and a formal review in my honor by the Grenadier Guards.
I will see Former Naval Person this morning (Friday). Harry and I leave this afternoon for Londonderry to review U. S. Troops in Ireland tomorrow, thence Saturday afternoon to Stranraer for departure that evening by Clipper. Route in accordance with weather, probably via Bermuda. Admiral Pound joins us at Stranraer.4
I think our trip has been successful.
Document Copy Text Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Papers, President’s Secretary’s File, Safe, Marshall, Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, New York.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. Radio No. 320, dispatched from the War Department at midnight on April 14, outlined the views of Eisenhower, Arnold, and King on air and naval reinforcements for the British—views embodied in Roosevelt’s April 16 message to Churchill. (McNarney to Marshall, Radio No. 320, April 14, 1942, NA/ RG 165 [OPD, Exec. 1, Item 5].)
2. See Marshall to Stimson, April 15, 1942, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-158 [3: 162-63].
3. Roosevelt had cabled: “Please put Hopkins to bed and keep him there under 24 hours guard by Army or Marine Corps. Ask the king for additional assistance if required on this job.” (Roosevelt to Marshall, Radio No. 305, April 13, 1942, NA/ RG 165 [OPD, Exec. 1, Item 5].)
4. Marshall departed from Stranraer, Scotland, a city across the North Channel from Belfast, Northern Ireland. On the mission of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Dudley Pound, see note 1, Marshall to Churchill, April 28, 1942, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-170 [3: 175-6].
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), pp. 164-165.