4-372 To General Dwight D. Eisenhower, April 26, 1944

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: April 26, 1944

Subject: World War II

To General Dwight D. Eisenhower

April 26, 1944 Radio Washington, D.C.


From Marshall for Eisenhower’s eyes only.

Newspapers today carried glaring reports of General Patton’s statements reference Britain and America’s rule of the world. We were just about to get confirmation of the permanent makes. This I fear has killed them all.1

Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.

Document Format: Typed radio message.

1. Lieutenant General George S. Patton’s remarks at the opening of a British Welcome Club for American soldiers were covered in the April 26, 1944, edition of the New York Times, which reported that Patton indicated that it was “the destiny of the United States and Britain to rule the world.” Patton was reported to have said: “I agree with Bernard Shaw that the English and American peoples are separated by a common language. The idea of these clubs could not be better because undoubtedly it is our destiny to rule the world, and the more we see of each other the better.” The same article stated that the London Daily Mail quoted Patton as including the Russians in his statement. Adverse comments on Patton’s remarks from members of the United States Congress were quoted by the New York Times on April 26 and April 27. The April 27 edition of the newspaper stated that Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson and the War Department immediately made it clear that Patton’s remarks were his personal attitude and not to be taken for the policy of the United States government. (New York Times, April 26, 1944, p. 10; April 27, 1944, p. 5.) For further discussion, see Marshall to Eisenhower, April 29, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-378 [4: 442-44].

The Washington Times-Herald reported on May 25 that Lieutenant General Patton’s promotion on the permanent list was not included with that of thirteen other general officers and speculated that the “rule the world” remark was the cause of delaying a decision on Patton’s case. (Times-Herald, May 25, 1944, p. 1.) For further information on Patton’s promotion, see Marshall to Eisenhower, August 15, 1944, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-475 [4: 546-47].

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. 437-438.

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