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To General Dwight D. Eisenhower
August 25, 1943 [Radio No. 5968] [Washington, D.C.]
From Marshall for Eisenhower’s eyes only.
Devers and General Morgan1 have been pressing us since early July to appoint an American army commander immediately to parallel activities of British army commander now building up in rather formidable fashion as to requisitions, requirements, etc.
My choice has been Bradley but I had hoped to stall them off until October or November. However OPD and Barker from London feel that the appointment should be made in the near future. Could you release Bradley for this command?2
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. A British lieutenant general, Frederick E. Morgan, had been chief of staff to the Supreme Allied Commander (designate) and head of the organization of the same name (designated COSSAC) since mid-March. COSSAC was planning the cross-Channel invasion. Morgan’s American deputy, Major General Ray W. Barker, had briefed the J.C.S. on the plans and had attended the Quebec Conference. (Frederick E. Morgan, Overture to Overlord [Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday and Company, 1950], pp. 1, 29, 35.)
2. Eisenhower’s response of August 27 implied his reluctance to lose Bradley so soon, but the following day he wrote that Marshall should take Bradley whenever he wanted him, as “nothing is too good for that project.” (Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower, 2: 1357-58, 1364.) For further developments on this, see Marshall to Eisenhower, September 1, 1943, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #4-094 [4: 108-9].
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. 93-94.