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To General Dwight D. Eisenhower
January 19, 1944 Radio No. R-8316 Washington, D.C.
To Eisenhower for his EYES ONLY from Marshall.
Patton is now without an assignment in the Mediterranean Theater and Devers desires orders issued for him. Do you want him sent to UK now? I considered ordering him home for a short time prior to his going to England. However in view of the publicity given his case, his presence here, if not kept secret, might result in reopening the entire matter with vituperative discussions and speculations as to his future. You realize how difficult it would be to keep his presence secret. In accordance with your wishes as stated here Hodges is being held in US until you call for him. 3rd Army Headquarters is moving to UK. I have submitted names of Crittenberger, Woodruff, Reinhardt, Haislip and Walker to Devers for indication of his preference for extra Corps Commander. 3rd Division is set up for SHINGLE and decision on Truscott must be delayed.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-7432, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. “I agree with you that Patton should not go to the United States,” Eisenhower replied on January 20. (For information on the Patton “slapping incidents,” see note 2, Marshall Memorandum for General Surles, December 30, 1943, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-193 [4: 225].) “Although he would have been a good man for ANVIL, if he is not to be used in that capacity, he should be ordered here for duty since I need an additional Army commander. One disadvantage to this arrangement is that Hodges will be separated from his Third Army staff.” (The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower, ed. Alfred D. Chandler, Jr., et al. [Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1970- ], 3: 1669-70.) The Third Army headquarters departed for England on January 26. In February 1944 Lieutenant General Courtney H. Hodges was assigned as deputy commanding general of First Army. See the previous document for related information (Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-203 [4: 238-39].
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. 239.