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To Lieutenant General Stanley D. Embick
January 26, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
The visiting of other divisions by the various division commanders will, I believe, have some good results. I notice in the 5th Division News of January 14th that Trott has visited Hodges’ Division.
Due to the fact that the 2d Division has its transportation, and has had long practice with the new organization, I would like the division commanders of the 1st, 5th and 6th Divisions to see the 2d Division functioning in field maneuvers. The 2d Division completes a period of maneuvers in the field on January 28th. It then returns to Fort Sam Houston and will engage in target practice during the month of February. Krueger has informed me that, after about two weeks of target practice, the 2d Division will probably have another maneuver. I would like you to find out from Brees and Krueger when this maneuver will be held and arrange for the attendance of the division commanders of the 1st, 5th and 6th Divisions. The division commanders may be accompanied, if desired, by one or two other officers of their respective divisions. Travel by military airplane is authorized. The costs of the trip may be defrayed from training funds now at allotted status to you.1
Please let me know of your arrangements concerning this matter, as I may want to send one or two of my staff officers from here to see what a triangular division with full transportation looks like and to see how it functions.
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. Both the Fifth and Sixth divisions had been recently reorganized into the three-regiment organization which the Second Division had tested under the leadership of Major General Walter Krueger.
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), p. 149.