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To General Dwight D. Eisenhower
August 17, 1943 Radio [Quebec, Canada]
From General Marshall for General Eisenhower.
Congratulations and my profound thanks for the brilliant success with which you have brought another tremendous job to a victorious conclusion. You have carried your vast responsibilities in a most impressive manner in the preparation, coordination, and direction of the Sicilian operation.
Pass following to Patton: “You have done a grand job of leadership and your corps and division commanders and their people have made Americans very proud of their army and confident of the future. Give them my personal thanks and congratulations”.
Pass following to Spaatz: “You and your American flyers and ground crews, along with the British, have done a wonderful job in supporting our troops in Sicily and in humbling hostile Italy. My personal thanks and congratulations to you all”1
Pass following to Admiral Cunningham, General Alexander, General Montgomery and Air Marshal Tedder: “May I express my admiration for the manner in which you gentlemen have all combined to carry HUSKY through to a triumphant conclusion, along with personal thanks for the perfection of the support you have given Eisenhower”.2
Pass the following to General Smith: “We are all aware of the importance of your contribution to the conduct of HUSKY and congratulate and thank you accordingly”. Marshall personally sends all above messages.
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 Carl Spaatz commanded the Northwest African Air Forces. This organization had been activated on February 18, 1943, to carry the main burden of air operations in the western half of the Mediterranean.
2. The Sicily operation was conducted under the control of a three-man committee: Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham was responsible for naval activities; Eisenhower’s deputy, General Sir Harold Alexander, for ground operations; and Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder for air operations. General Sir Bernard Montgomery, British Eighth Army commander, had produced the strategic plan for operations in Sicily.
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. 92.