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To Lieutenant General Hugh A. Drum
December 4, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
Personal and Confidential
I was sorry not to see you during the Maneuvers. Both of my visits were of such short duration that I could not reach back to Army Headquarters without depriving myself of at least a brief opportunity to see troop actions. On my second trip of about thirty-six hours I did manage to see your Corps Commanders and had quite a talk with Fredendall, but only a brief stop with the others. Incidentally, Grunert flew east from San Francisco and proceeded directly to the maneuver area in order that he might have the benefit of seeing his Corps in action. I imagine the experience will be very helpful to him.1
I only got one good look at your improvised anti-tank units, but it appeared to me that splendid progress had been made along these lines.
Altogether the Maneuvers seemed to indicate a definite advance in tactics and technique in the higher echelons over what appeared to be the case in Louisiana. I am told that leadership in subordinate units showed some improvement, but there is still a long way to go in raising the minor tactical standards. However, all will better recognize the necessities in these matters in subsequent training. Also I think the increased ammunition allowance now possible will tend to improve the handling of weapons.
We are discussing a get-together, somewhat on a round table basis, for higher commanders, probably in January and possibly at Benning. This will be for the purpose of evolving a better understanding of the air-ground technique, the handling of armored units, coordination of artillery firing, as well as a resume of the lessons of the Maneuvers. It will also afford an opportunity to inform everyone on the intimate details of the international situation and the development of our various foreign garrisons, and similar matters.
For the past few weeks we have been in a very critical situation, which has required my more or less constant presence in Washington.
With my congratulations on your conduct of the Maneuvers,
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. Orders issued on October 23, 1941, relieved Major General George Grunert from command of the Philippine Department and assigned him temporarily to Fourth Army Headquarters in San Francisco. He was scheduled to become commanding general of the Sixth Army Corps, a component of Drum’s First Army, upon the relief of Major General Karl Truesdell.
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr.(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), pp. 693-694.