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To Major General Lewis H. Brereton
February 1, 1942 Radio No. 59 [Washington, D.C.]
There are strong indications that enemy carrier operations may be expected on north east coast of Australia. Take every precaution to see that our planes are not caught and destroyed on the ground and that concentrations of valuable material in ports are avoided so far as possible.1
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Record of the War Plans Division (WPD), 4639-26, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1. Four days later Eisenhower noted: “We rarely lose a ship in the air, but my God how they do catch us on the ground.” (Papers of DDE, 1: 98.)
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. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), p. 94.