1-359 To Major General Stuart Heintzelman, October 31, 1934

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: October 31, 1934

To Major General Stuart Heintzelman

October 31, 1934 [Chicago, Illinois]

Dear Heintzelman:

You have a Lieutenant on the Post, I think he is assigned to the battalion there, who has genuine ability of a high order and has had a great deal of experience along the lines that Leavenworth requires. I am referring to Charles T. Lanham, Infantry.

I placed Lanham in the Historical and Editorial Section at Benning. He edited “Infantry in Battle,” a copy of which I sent you. Volume VIII, the most recent issue of the Benning Mailing List, was edited by him and most of the material prepared by him. If you will scan this book, you can gain some idea of his ability along these lines. He understands the business of putting technical military matter into a form acceptable to the citizen soldier. He is thoroughly dependable and a very hard worker. Unfortunately, like quite a few other brilliant young men I know, he is damned by lack of rank.

If you know nothing of Lanham, I am asking you to send for him some time and talk to him. I know it would be a great encouragement to him to feel that he was not a complete nonentity at Fort Leavenworth, and you have the touch that carries inspiration.

Incidentally, “Infantry in Battle” has received some wonderful reviews in England.1 The British Quarterly, I believe, characterized it as the most important military text since 1874, which is going some. Liddell Hart quotes the commander of the British First Division at the maneuvers last Summer, as saying it is the finest infantry text in his experience, and that it was the only book he took with him on maneuvers.

Faithfully yours,

Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Illinois National Guard, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.

Document Format: Typed letter.

1. Infantry in Battle was also praised by German military critics. It was translated into German and Spanish.

Recommended Citation: The Papers 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. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), p. 441.

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