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To General Dwight D. Eisenhower
November 4, 1943 Radio No. 1716 Washington, D.C.
For Eisenhower’s EYES ONLY from Marshall.
British Chiefs of Staff propose unified command for entire Mediterranean Theater which would add to your present responsibilities Greece, Albania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Rumania, Hungary, Crete, Aegean Islands and Turkey. The 3 British Commanders in Cairo would remain responsible to the British Chiefs of Staff for the operation of The Middle East Base and for matters pertaining to those parts of present Middle East Command located in Africa, Asia and Levant (except Turkey) and should continue to receive political guidance from Minister of State resident in Middle East. They also transmit Tedder’s recommendation to them that the Mediterranean Air Command should be renamed Mediterranean Allied Air Forces. Our views are requested. Personally to me what is your reaction?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-1428, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. Eisenhower replied on November 7 that, as regards a unified Mediterranean command, he had “discussed this previously with my three Commanders in Chief and we are all of the opinion that this is a logical centralization of operational responsibility.” He also supported the new designation Mediterranean Allied Air Forces and had already named Lieutenant General Carl Spaatz to head all U.S. air forces in the region and thus to be Tedder’s deputy. (Papers of DDE, 3: 1550-51.)
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. 179-180.