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To General John J. Pershing
June 10, 1942 Washington, D.C.
I just got back last night from a 2000-mile trip of inspection with Lord Mountbatten.1 It was really a very inspiring affair to see what is being done in the development of new divisions, parachute troops, combined air and ground—armored force, with training.
Monday morning at 7 we watched an armored force and an air force using live ammunition and bombs operate for an hour and a half near Benning, then went through the Parachute School. At 1 o’clock we were reviewing a motorized division with 3,000 vehicles at Augusta. At 3:30 we commenced the review of 45,000 troops—three divisions, at Camp Jackson, near Columbia, two of these went by without their transportation in order to save time. The third was a new division which had just been in training eight weeks and had had its motor vehicles five weeks. Mountbatten told me that the marching was as good as any British line division he had ever seen except the Guards.2 It was really an amazing performance.
I am sending with this note a reprint of a press photograph that just came to me of your last birthday. I am also sending a copy to Miss May and to Muriel.3
G. C. M.
Document Copy Text Source: John J. Pershing Papers, General Correspondence, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Document Format: Typed letter signed.
1. For information about General Marshall’s tour of southern posts, see Marshall Memorandum for Colonel Deane, June 5, 1942, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-215 [3: 225-26].
2. For Mountbatten’s comment regarding the tour, see Marshall to Snyder, June 29, 1942, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-240 [3: 257-8].
3. A photograph of Pershing and Marshall taken on the White House steps was sent to General Pershing, to his sister May Pershing, and to Muriel Pershing, Warren’s wife.
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. 232-233.