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To Lieutenant General Dwight D. Eisenhower
August 19, 1942 [Radio No. 3525] [Washington, D.C.]
From Marshall for Eisenhower:
I question advisability of so much publicity regarding U S air raids and personalities. Be conservative in any references to U S in Dieppe raid.
Radio me your views as soon as possible.1
Document Copy Text Format: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Operations Division (OPD), Executive File 10, Item 36a, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. The 6,100-man raid on Dieppe, France, on August 19 was carried out mainly by Canadian troops, but the force included fifty U.S. Army Rangers. On August 20 Eisenhower replied that he agreed with Marshall’s views concerning unnecessary publicity. “In case of Dieppe, original release was issued by Chief of Combined Operations and our following statement merely confirmed the presence of an American detachment from one battalion in the expedition. I consider that absolute censorship cannot repeat not be applied to these affairs since casualties are inevitable and, in any event, British press would carry stories.” Eisenhower admitted that he had not seen any of the stories sent by American correspondents regarding recent air raids but believed that sensational treatment in the United States was a “result of editorial interpretation rather than of erroneous reporting.” (Papers of DDE, 1: 483-84.) Major General Thomas T. Handy, who had succeeded Eisenhower as chief of the Operations Division, was visiting Eisenhower’s headquarters to gain immediate knowledge of TORCH preparations. (Ibid., p. 479.)
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. 306.