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To Major General Walter Bedell Smith
July 14, 1943 Radio No. 2463 [Washington, D.C.]
For General W. B. Smith.
In view of accuracy of German communique 2 days ago announcing British-American battle order in Sicily is there any objection to our release of fact that 3rd, 45th, 82nd and 2nd Armored Divisions are actually in Sicily and the names of their commanders?
Editorials here have continued to emphasize the point that experienced troops from the Tunisian campaign are carrying out the operation, while the most impressive feature appears to be that these new divisions are doing so well. I have in mind strengthening our position regarding the relief of previous division commanders from the National Guard.1
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Operations Division (OPD), Top Secret Message File CM-OUT-5514, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed radio message.
1 National Guard units from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Oklahoma made up the Forty-fifth Infantry Division. Major General William S. Key, a guardsman, had been replaced by Major General Troy H. Middleton, a career soldier, in October 1942. For a previous expression of Marshall’s concern over the attitudes expressed by certain members of the National Guard over the relief of Guard officers, see Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-221 [3: 235-36].
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. 63-64.