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To Lieutenant General John E. Hull
January 5, 1946 Radio No. GOLD 20. [Chungking, China]
Personal to Hull info Wedemeyer from Marshall.
I note in Wedemeyer’s CFB-19018, copy to you, that he has requested shipment of 7.92 ammunition from India and has placed request for requirements of other calibers with the War Department.1 There have been many messages on this subject. Before I left Washington I sent radio to Wedemeyer suggesting possibility of sending ammunition from Okinawa or Philippines to China coast mentioning Chinwangtao, etc. There must be no further delay. There should be no complication regarding lend lease on this as ammunition to fit weapons we have supplied is part and parcel of equipment—or the same as the button on a uniform.
Has the ammunition requested been shipped? If not, why not?2
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the Department of State (RG 59), Lot Files, Marshall Mission, Military Affairs, GOLD Messages, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. In a lengthy January 4, 1946, message to Byroade, Wedemeyer stated that the Chinese had accumulated thirty thousand tons of lend-lease ammunition in western and southwestern China (i.e., at the end of the “Hump” air routes and the terminus of the Burma Road), but they had no effective method of transporting it to their armies, which were now concentrated in East and North China. Wedemeyer said that he had requested the shipment from the India-Burma Theater to Shanghai of 7.92-mm rifle ammunition and other supplies, but he needed a revision of instructions from the War Department in order “to continue to furnish the Chinese additional military supplies and provide logistical support.” (Wedemeyer to Byroade, Radio No. CFBX-19018, January 4, 1946, NA/RG 332 [Headquarters U.S. Forces China Theater, Wedemeyer Files, Outgoing Radios].)
2. A January 9 memorandum to General Wedemeyer stated that the India-Burma Theater had seven thousand tons of 7.92-mm ammunition and forty-eight hundred tons of other supplies for the Chinese army ready to ship to Shanghai as soon as the War Department approved. (Colonel Carl R. Dutton Memorandum for General Wedemeyer, January 9, 1946, NA/RG 59 [Lot Files, Marshall Mission, War Department, Wedemeyer File]. Marshall initialed the file copy of this document, indicating that he had read it.)
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. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), p. 410.