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To Lieutenant General Henry H. Arnold
January 23, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
General Bishop, Chief of Staff to General Giffard at Accra, tells “B” details of the urgent needs in this matter.1 He states that rifles, antitank weapons, antitank ammunition, mosquito gauze, water piping, mosquito nets, flit guns, folding camp beds, canvas, watches (this is a very vital deficiency) hurricane lamps, small portable cookers with ovens for use in the field, khaki drill (I suppose he is referring to cloth) and launches are the articles which are most urgently needed. He states that anything to improve the port facilities at Freetown and Bathurst would be of great importance in accelerating the turn-around in shipping.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. General Sir George Giffard was commander in chief, West Africa. The editors have not been able to identify General Bishop. President Roosevelt had sent Marshall some documents from William C. Bullitt (“B”), who had been serving as the president’s special representative in the Middle East since December 1941.
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. 82.