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To General Henri Giraud
December 27, 1942 Radio No. 515 Washington, D.C.
From General Marshall to General Eisenhower for delivery to Henri Giraud.
The news of your selection to head the people of North Africa in our common effort to crush the Axis and restore freedom to France has been received with great satisfaction by the Army of the United States. We are familiar with your outstanding record as a patriot and a soldier and our confidence in the ultimate victory is greatly strengthened by your succession to the post of High Commissioner of North Africa.1
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Operations Division (OPD), Executive File 10, Item 36a, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. Concerning Giraud’s previous dealings with the Allies, see editorial note #3-410, Papers of George Catlett Marshall [3: 439-40]. Under Admiral Darlan, Giraud had been commander in chief of French ground and air forces in North Africa. After the admiral’s death, the six members of his Imperial Council were summoned, and on December 27 they named Giraud as high commissioner. (Howe, Northwest Africa, pp. 272, 357.) On December 26 Eisenhower had radioed Marshall that Giraud had a “most difficult temperament but it appears that he is only man who has chance to compose all elements here in support of Allied effort.” (Papers of DDE, 2: 869.)
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), p. 494.