3-430 To Lieutenant General Dwight D. Eisenhower Radio No. R-3802, December 1, 1942

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: December 1, 1942

Subject: World War II

To Lieutenant General Dwight D. Eisenhower

December 1, 1942 Radio No. R-3802 Washington, D.C.


Please pass the following as separate messages from me to Fredendall and to Patton unless you think unadvisable: “My personal congratulations on the splendid job you have done and are doing. Each report of observers returning to Washington further confirms my confidence in your leadership. Signed Marshall”

Smith arrived and his report was illuminating. I have arranged for him to have dinner alone with the President tonight so that he may have abundant opportunity to make a full presentation of the North African picture as well as your British relations in London.1

I believe I confused you the other day with reference to censorship of news articles relating to you and your higher commanders.2 The point was the press stories emanating from your theater with reference to you, Clark, Patton, and Fredendall and you in particular, played up the intimate stuff to the point of adversely affecting your prestige as a higher commander and I wanted you to have your censor on guard sufficiently to protect you from such cheap treatment in efforts to present an intimate picture.

I think we have all relationships with the State Department and with the President in the clear at present so that you need not worry about anything but your battle in Tunisia and your strategical plans.

Document Copy Text Source: 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. Walter B. Smith, a major general effective December 3, was chief of staff of Eisenhower’s European Theater of Operations headquarters in London; he had visited Eisenhower’s Allied Force Headquarters in Algiers in late November. On December 1 he flew to Washington to discuss plans for the buildup in the United Kingdom and the political situation in North Africa. (The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower, ed. Alfred D. Chandler, Jr., et al. [Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1970-], 2: 756, 769.)

2. See Marshall to Eisenhower, November 20, 1942, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-417 [3: 444-46].

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), pp. 462-463.

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