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To General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower
May 15, 1945 [Radio No. W-82396.] Washington, D.C.
Personal for Eisenhower from Marshall.
Your statement regarding the treatment to be accorded high ranking German officials came just in time and has had an excellent effect.1 Only in one or two instances have editorials reflected on what they called the “delay” in your announcement.
This brings to my mind the necessity of a better arrangement to keep you advised as to what the reactions are in England and the United States. It is quite evident that an effective service of this nature is not rendered you. I had thought that BPR [Bureau of Public Relations] here kept you advised but evidently that is not the case or the data gets lost in your staff.
I think it is very important that you are kept briefed (not deluged) and I suggest that an officer be designated here whose sole job is to prepare a daily message for your eye, digesting reactions important for you to be aware of and also to send you personally selected editorials or news comments with a brief which would avoid the necessity on your part of reading them through. Your aide could check on these papers and bring the vital parts to your attention.
I not only see the papers but the telegrams and letters which flood in on me quickly apprise me of public and political reactions in time for me to take corrective action without appearing to be on the defensive.
Please let me have your wishes in the matter.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. See Marshall to Eisenhower, May 13, 1945, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #5-131 [5: 185-86].
2. “I would be most grateful to have you institute the system suggested,” replied Eisenhower. “Such material as I do get reflecting public reactions at home usually arrives too late to be of any use or is too voluminous for me to read. A selection at home such as you suggest with rapid transmission of those things in which speedy action is indicated, would be most helpful.” (Papers of DDE, 6: 60.) Marshall requested the Bureau of Public Relations to assign the task of providing reports to Eisenhower’s headquarters to an officer able to “handle this assignment . . . in a superior manner.” (Marshall [McCarthy-drafted] Memorandum for Colonel Hill, May 17, 1945, 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. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), p. 189.