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To Lieutenant General Jacob L. Devers
August 18, 1944 Radio No. WAR-82805 Washington, D.C.
Personal to Devers from Marshall.
Please give Patch my congratulations on great success of the initial phase of his landing. It evidences planning of a high order and aggressive leadership. I look to him to press ahead with a continuation of the same vigor. You can tell him that the President today nominated him for the grade of temporary lieutenant general.1
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Operations Division (OPD), Top Secret Message File CM-OUT-82805, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. Devers had added command of the new Sixth Army Group (which was activated on August 1 and to which Seventh Army was subordinated) to his three overlapping Mediterranean commands. Major General Alexander M. Patch had commanded the Seventh Army since March 2. His army began their French Riviera assault (centered on Saint-Tropez) on August 15 and was at this time beginning its breakout from the beachhead. (Jeffrey J. Clarke and Robert Ross Smith, Riviera to the Rhine, a volume in the United States Army in World War II [Washington: GPO, 1993], pp. 30, 32, 108-33.) Patch’s promotion was confirmed by the Senate on August 23; his new rank was to be effective from August 7.
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. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), p. 556.