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To Major General Maurice A. Pope
February 12, 1944 [Washington, D.C.]
Your proposal in your letter of February 9 to give some Canadian officers training and combat experience in the Pacific is agreeable to the War Department.1 We will be glad to make the necessary arrangements.
As I told you, the training of our Pacific divisions is “topped off” in Hawaii where they have excellent set-ups for jungle warfare and amphibious training. Your officers could be passed through this training and later be attached to units scheduled for active operations.
The Commanding General in the Central Pacific has been queried as to the most satisfactory date for these officers to begin their training period in Hawaii.2 With proper timing, I am sure that the four to six months’ period of attachment proposed by you will be adequate to insure their participation in active operations.
General Handy will advise you as to details of arrangements including the time the officers in question should be sent.3
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. General Marshall had met with Pope, head of the Canadian Joint Staff in Washington, on February 10, 1944. Pope had requested that ten Canadian officers, in the grade of captain or major, be attached to units of the U.S. Army assigned to the Central and Southern Pacific theaters for the purpose of “building up in Canada a small training nucleus of officers with first-hand experience.” The object was to attach the Canadian officers for a preliminary period of instruction and training, followed by their employment with units in active operations. (Pope to Marshall, February 9, 1944, NA/RG 165 [OCS, 091.713].)
2. Marshall [Handy] to Richardson, Radio No. 280, February 12, 1944, NA/RG 165 [OPD, 336.4 Canada].)
3. Major General Thomas T. Handy notified Pope on February 16 that Lieutenant General Robert C. Richardson, commanding general in the Central Pacific, advised that the Canadian officers should arrive in Hawaii on March 1. (Handy to Pope, February 16, 1944, ibid.) Most of these Canadian officers attached to the American forces were present during the fighting on Saipan during the summer. (C. P. Stacey, Six Years of War: The Army in Canada, Britain and the Pacific, a volume in the Official History of the Canadian Army in the Second World War [Ottawa: Edmond Cloutier, 1957], p. 509.)
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. 4, “Aggressive and Determined Leadership,” June 1, 1943-December 31, 1944 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996), pp. 294-295.