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To Lieutenant General Jacob L. Devers1
June 14, 1943 Radio No. R-9529. Washington, D.C.
For General Devers for his eye only from General Marshall.
Reference Eaker’s recent statement regarding rapid growth of the Bomber Command in England: put him on his guard against such statements because the immediate result was a heavy drive for more planes for the Pacific. Dr. Evatt made an assault on us the following day. If Eaker understands that he is selling out his organization he will be more discreet.2
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-5614, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. On May 10, 1943, Devers had become commander of the U.S. Army’s European Theater of Operations, which put him in charge of U.S. ground and air forces—and operational planning for them—in the British Isles.
2. Major General Ira C. Eaker stated at a press conference at his headquarters in Britain that the Eighth Air Force had doubled in size since March 1943 and would double again by October. (New York Times, June 11, 1943, p. 1.) Australian Minister for External Affairs Herbert V. Evatt had been pressing the United States to increase aircraft allocations to the Royal Australian Air Force. See Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-667 [3: 702].
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), pp. 12-13.