4-150 To General Dwight D. Eisenhower, October 29, 1943

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: October 29, 1943

Subject: World War II

To General Dwight D. Eisenhower

October 29, 1943 Radio No. 1198 Washington, D.C.


From Marshall Personal for Eisenhower.

In a survey this morning of Special Service activities I discovered that your theater was the only one in which the weekly newspaper “Yank” is not an issue. In England it appears as the Sunday supplement to the daily Stars and Stripes and the same procedure is followed elsewhere throughout the world. What is the trouble with your exclusive business?

This paper is managed by sending the mats by air to the theater. It is exceedingly well done and I wondered if you knew personally that you had an exclusive newspaper business over there.1

Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Operations Division (OPD), Top Secret Message File CM-OUT-13034, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.

Document Format: Typed radio message.

1. Eisenhower replied that supply and shipping shortages during the winter of 1942-43 had caused him to decide to concentrate the theater’s efforts on producing Stars and Stripes. The current availability of shipping for printing supplies meant that he would now take on the publication of Yank. (Papers of DDE, 3: 1548.)

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. 173-174.

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