3-482 To Major General Walter B. Smith, January 8, 1943

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: January 8, 1943

Subject: World War II

To Major General Walter B. Smith

January 8, 1943 Radio No. 880 Washington, D.C.


To CHIRP [Smith] for his eyes only from BRAID [Marshall].

Reference your 4625 January 8th, I hope to avoid call being made on AORTA [Eisenhower] to go west.1 BERRY will arrive FREEDOM from DROWN and then will join SCRUB.2 His summary should save us much trouble. You may have to come over but I should like to avoid this. Undoubtedly we will have AGREE [Clark] see us.

CARGO [Roosevelt] expresses a strong desire to see INGOT [United States] troops at end of conference for which he thinks five days will suffice for his part. He will want to travel fast for security reasons and then leave. He does not object to a tent if necessary for security reasons. We hope to hold him with BYLAW’s [Patton’s] command but I feel that he will insist on seeing troops near GRIST [Oran] and he even talks of FREEDOM which seems to me most unwise.

However have these various matters in mind so that tentative proposals can be made.

Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.

Document Format: Typed radio message.

1. Smith had asked Marshall when he wished to have Eisenhower come to Casablanca; Smith also indicated that he and Mark W. Clark—who had been promoted to lieutenant general in November 1942 and given command of the newly activated Fifth Army on January 5, 1943—could come at any time. (Smith to Marshall, Radio No. 4625, January 8, 1943, GCMRL/F. McCarthy Papers [U.S. Army, Casablanca Conference].) Eisenhower flew to Casablanca on January 15 and returned to Algiers the following day.

2. The editors have been unable to identify BERRY or DROWN, although the former may have been Brigadier General John E. Hull, chief of the European Section of Operations Division. FREEDOM stood for Allied Force Headquarters in Algiers and SCRUB for the Combined Staff Planners.

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), pp. 511-512.

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