4-268 To Joseph Stalin, February 24, 1944

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: February 24, 1944

Subject: World War II

To Joseph Stalin

February 24, 1944 Radio No. 317 Washington, D.C.


To Harriman for Stalin from Marshall.

If you think the following an advisable procedure please go ahead with it as indicated. Otherwise cancel message and notify me accordingly. Begin message in our conversation at Teheran you discussed with me technical and tactical application of rockets by the Red Army to further our common operations against the Germans. Would appreciate if you would give Deane such technical information and tactical data on the use of rockets with models for test as will permit US to manufacture and bring more effective rockets into action as quickly as possible.1

Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Operations Division (OPD), Top Secret Message File CM-OUT-10403, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.

Document Format: Typed radio message.

1. On February 26, 1944, Ambassador W. Averell Harriman wrote to Commissar for Foreign Affairs Vyacheslav M. Molotov requesting him to forward Marshall’s message to Stalin. (Brigadier General William E. Crist to Lieutenant General N. V. Slavin, April 3, 1944, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].) Major General John R. Deane was chief of the United States Military Mission to Moscow.

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. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), p. 316-317.

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