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To Lieutenant General Dwight D. Eisenhower
December 8, 1942 Radio No. 63 Washington, D.C.
With completion of negotiations regarding Darlan I want you to feel that you had not only my confidence but my deep sympathy in conducting a battle, organizing a fair sized slice of a continent, and at the same time being involved in probably the most complicated and highly supervised negotiations in history, considering the time element and all the other circumstances. Your judgment throughout has been sound and your action in each instance completely justified.1
Having said the pleasant things I shall add that the weakness if any appears to be in those who have supervised for you at Algiers and London the Transmission of messages and the handling of news and radio releases.2
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs, 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. Eisenhower replied on December 9: “No other person’s complete understanding of this complicated situation and commendation for its handling to date could possibly mean so much to me as yours.” (Papers of DDE, 2: 818.)
2. Concerning this problem, see Marshall Memorandum for General Surles, December 7, 1942, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-441 [3: 474]. Eisenhower replied that he was “gratified” that Marshall’s criticisms had not been “expressed with the emphasis that some of our flagrant errors have justified.” He and his staff were “struggling to get these matters better systematized and regulated.” (Ibid.)
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. 479.