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To Lieutenant General Stanley D. Embick
April 29, 1940 [Washington, D.C.]
Ten members of Congress headed by Representative J. Buell Snyder will arrive at Natchitoches, Louisiana, by air sometime on Monday, May 13, to spend three days witnessing the Third Army maneuvers.1 Their particular interest is to see some of the results of recent expenditures for military materiel.
As you will recall, Mr. Snyder is chairman of the Subcommittee on Military Appropriations of the House, and we want him and his associates to see such things as the new antiaircraft weapons, artillery, motor transportation and combat vehicles, with a view to the restoration of some of these items to the Fiscal Year 1941 Appropriation, recently slashed by the House Committee. We also wish them to get a definite idea of what an Army corps really is. The importance of the Army corps, the fact that its divisions are not fully effective without the special corps troops, is a special point for their comprehension.
Major E. H. Brooks of the Statistics Branch General Staff will accompany the Committee, to supervise their itinerary and to give them any data they require both from the War Department standpoint and that of the troops.
Please have a tentative schedule prepared, for three days commencing May 14, and so arranged as to allow the Committee to see materiel and organizations under the most favorable circumstances, and let me have it up here.
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. Upon completion of the Fourth Corps maneuvers at Fort Benning, Major General Walter C. Short’s troops began moving to the Kisatchie National Forest between Natchitoches and Alexandria in central Louisiana. There they were scheduled to maneuver against Major General Walter Krueger’s Ninth Corps which was to concentrate in the Angelina and the Sabine national forests in east Texas. Embick, the Third Army commander, was to lead this operation involving approximately 65,000 men. (Army and Navy Journal, February 10, 1940, p. 521.)
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. 203-204.