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To Lieutenant General Dwight D. Eisenhower
August 6, 1942 Radio No. 3045 Washington, D.C.
For General Eisenhower’s eyes only.
The following memorandum for the president signed by Admiral Leahy quoted for your information. “Subject: Commander for Torch. The U.S. Chiefs of Staff recommend that the president as Commander-in-Chief send the following message to the Prime Minister: ‘The proposal of the British Chiefs of Staff dated August 6th that General Eisenhower be designated as Commander in Chief for the Torch operation is acceptable to me and to the United States Chiefs of Staff. The formal directive for General Eisenhower’s guidance submitted by the British Chiefs of Staff is being studied and will be reported upon shortly. Meanwhile General Eisenhower should have your authority to proceed with the development of his staff and planning.”
The above is furnished for your information only and your attention is especially called to the fact that the president has not yet acted.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Top Secret Message File CM-OUT-1791, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
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. 290.