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To Lieutenant General Dwight D. Eisenhower
November 22, 1942 Radio No, R-3440 Washington, D.C.
Personal from Marshall for Commandeth Gibraltar.
I feel it would be tremendously helpful to the press and political pressures regarding Darlan, DeGaulle, Free French, et cetera if you would agree to my releasing the casualties. I believe the critics of your action regarding Darlan et cetera have no conception of the serious nature of the fighting and therefore feel free to embarrass the President the War Department and you by superficial assaults on what we are doing. The notice of these casualties would prove the seriousness of the situation and the tremendous advantage we gained toward Tunisia and North Africa in general by Darlan’s orders which stopped the fighting. Please rush reply but be perfectly frank as we can sustain ourselves here much more easily than you can your difficulties there.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Top Secret Message File CM-OUT-7137, 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. 447.