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To Major General George Grunert
April 8, 1941 [Washington, D.C.]
Dear General Grunert:
I have issued instructions which will enable you to activate the Department Headquarters Company and an M. P. Company as requested in your letter of March 1. The matter has required a certain amount of juggling here because it interferes with established troop bases and also because all additional allotments to the Philippines must be three year men.1
I can well understand your problems with regard to caliber .30 ammunition, and regret that I can do nothing for you at this time in that respect. The Army and Navy both face an acute shortage of this item, a shortage so critical that I cannot send you the 12_ million rounds previously promised until some repayment of this item is made by the British. In the event such a repayment is not made prior to June 30, 1941, further consideration will be given to an additional shipment.2
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. Grunert had written that he needed a headquarters company and a military police company to avoid depleting the strength of his combat troops. (Grunert to Marshall, March 1, 1941, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
2. “My most crying need now is ammunition,” Grunert wrote. Shipments intended for the Philippines, according to him, covered only 42 percent of first priority needs for .30 caliber ammunition. President Roosevelt had authorized the transfer of fifty million rounds of .30 caliber to the British on February 5, 1941. (Grunert to Marshall, ibid.; Marshall Memorandum for General Moore, February 6, 1941, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
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. 469,