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To Major Truman Smith1
December 16, 1935 [Chicago, Illinois]
The little booklet came a few days ago and much surprised me. I have not yet found anyone who can read German script, so I can only guess at the introduction. But I will have it translated shortly. What brought about this translation? I am curious to know, but I imagine you had a hand in it. In any event, I very much appreciate your sending me the result.2
I suppose you and Mrs. Smith will have a delightful Christmas season in Berlin. It has been a long time since I have seen you and I look back with many delightful memories to our gatherings three or four years ago. I understand my old house has been torn down so no trace of that is left.
In your note you speak of that being the hardest job you ever tackled. I would be interested to know just what your work consists of other than the formalities which you are obliged to keep up with. I would also be interested to get your reaction to the present situation, if that is not a dangerous thing for you to comment on.
With Christmas greetings to both of you from Mrs. Marshall and me, and our very best wishes for you in the New Year.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Illinois National Guard, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Smith, an instructor at the Infantry School when Marshall was assistant commandant, had reported for duty in August, 1935, as military attache at the United States Embassy in Berlin. See Smith’s reply of January 2, 1936, (Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #1-396 [1: 482-84]).
2. Infanterie im Kampf [Infantry in Battle] had been published in a two-volume paperback edition, part of a series of works on military subjects, by Ludwig Voggenreiter Verlag of Potsdam. “This pamphlet sells for about 40