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To General Dwight D. Eisenhower
June 29, 1944 Radio No. WAR-57745 Washington, D.C.
Personal for Eisenhower from Marshall.
Lord Halifax arrives in England Saturday. He feels that his position and work over here would be helped if he could say he had seen American troops in the field in France. If possible invite him to visit American sector.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-57745, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. Eisenhower replied on July 12 that the British ambassador decided not to visit the American sector. “I am in a position of the most acute embarrassment in connection with visits of important personages to the Continent,” wrote Eisenhower. “Recently, at my personal request, the Prime Minister issued a Cabinet order prohibiting further visits by members of the British Cabinet and heads of service ministries. Lord Halifax, who was to have accompanied [Walter Bedell] Smith on a one day visit to France, decided not repeat not to go after seeing what irritation it would cause among other British officials if he were singled out for preference.” (Papers of DDE, 3: 1999.)
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. 499.