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To Winston S. Churchill
March 15, 1944 Radio Washington, D.C.
For Eisenhower personal for delivery to the Prime Minister from Marshall.
Your personal message through Dill is much appreciated.1 I am greatly reassured to have this indication of your personal interest and strong leadership in all that pertains to OVERLORD. Our anxiety here is to insure that whatever operations are undertaken in the Mediterranean will be calculated to hold in the theater southern France to the Balkans the largest number of German divisions during the first month of OVERLORD.
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. On March 12 Dill had relayed a message from Churchill to Marshall. “I have presided at a series of meetings at which either Ike or Bedell has been present and I am satisfied that everything is going on well,” wrote Churchill. “I am hardening very much on this operation as the time approaches in the sense of wishing to strike if humanly possible even if the limiting conditions we laid down at Moscow are not exactly fulfilled. I hope a chance may come for us to have a talk before long. Every good wish.” (Dill to Marshall, March 12, 1944, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, Selected].)
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), p. 347.