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To General Dwight D. Eisenhower
February 16, 1943 Radio No. 2362. Washington, D.C.
From General Marshall to General Eisenhower for his eye only.
I appreciate your lengthy detailed messages regarding present heavy fighting on your right flank, but I am disturbed by the thought that you feel under the necessity in such a trying situation to give so much personal time to us. Operation reports are necessary and I suppose at critical moments special reports also are necessary but you can concentrate on this battle with the feeling that it is our business to support you and not to harass you and that I’ll use all my influence to see that you are supported.1
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Operations Division (OPD), Executive File 3, Item 12, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. On the morning of February 14, Axis forces launched a two-pronged attack on the United States Second Corps on the southern end of the Allied line in western Tunisia. A counterattack by U.S. forces the next day at Sidi Bou Zid was defeated. First Army commander General Sir Kenneth A. N. Anderson decided to have the Second Corps and the French Nineteenth Corps fall back to a better defensive line in the mountains west of Kasserine. Eisenhower sent two messages on the fifteenth describing some aspects of the situation, one to the Combined Chiefs of Staff and one to Marshall personally. Marshall sent a copy of this latter document to the president. (Papers of DDE, 2: 953-57; Marshall Memorandum for the President, February 16, 1943, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), pp. 553-554.