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To General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower
January 22, 1945 Radio No. WAR-24894. Washington, D.C.
For the Eyes of General Eisenhower Only from General Marshall.
Your decision reference SNOWBALL is of course understood.1 Along with the party mentioned in my WAR 24160,2 I leave here Thursday, January 25 and fly by way of Bermuda and the Azores to Casablanca, arriving there Friday, January 26 and spending the night. On Saturday we move from Casablanca to the SNOWBALL location recommended in your S 76127, probably arriving there for lunch. Any arrangements you make for our conference and for accommodation of my party and me will be satisfactory. I plan to lay over at the SNOWBALL location Sunday and go to Malta Monday afternoon, January 29.
The reason for the lay over is to provide insurance against bad weather and yet not reach Malta before Monday evening.
Although I am looking forward to seeing you in SNOWBALL, do not plan to be with me there any longer than necessary to complete our talks, which can be on Saturday or Sunday as you elect and as weather favors. It might be more certainly economical of your time if you waited until certain I had landed in the SNOWBALL location before flying down, weather prospects of course being somewhat determining for you. If the weather is good throughout, I shall merely be marking time there after our conversations. I am sending [Brehon B.] Somervell a separate radio suggesting that he plan to meet me in SNOWBALL and fly over to Malta with me.3
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Operations Division (OPD), Executive File 5, Item 19, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. Eisenhower notified Marshall that he would send Lieutenant General Walter Bedell Smith and Major General Harold R. Bull as his representatives to the Combined Chiefs of Staff meeting in Malta. He recommended that he and Marshall meet on January 28 in southern France; SNOWBALL was the code name referring to their meeting at Marseilles. (Papers of DDE, 4: 2455.)
2. The chief of staff had listed the persons to accompany him: Major General John E. Hull (chief of Operations Division), Major General Laurence S. Kuter ([U.S.M.A., 1927] representing General Arnold), Brigadier General Richard C. Lindsay (senior Air Planner), Brigadier General George A. Lincoln ([U.S.M.A., 1929] senior Army Planner), Colonel Fred M. Dean ([U.S.M.A., 1938] General Arnold’s executive officer), Colonel Frank McCarthy (secretary of the War Department General Staff), Warrant Officer L. W. Thompson (clerk), and Master Sergeant James W. Powder (Marshall’s orderly). (Marshall to Eisenhower, Radio No. WAR-24160, January 20, 1945, GCMRL/F. McCarthy Papers [U.S. Army 1941-45].)
3. For Eisenhower’s notes on his conference with General Marshall on January 28, see Papers of DDE, 4: 2460-61. Laurence S. Kuter provides his account of the meeting at Marseilles in Airman at Yalta (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1955), pp. 53-63.
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. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), pp. 39-40.