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To Winston S. Churchill1
July 31, 1945 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Mr. Churchill,
I have so often expressed appreciation and regard for the leadership which you have given to all of us in this war that I shall not repeat myself at this time. But I do wish to tell you that you are held so highly in the esteem of the American Army that I feel free to speak for all ranks in expressing a deep appreciation of your great services.
For myself, I hope very much for and shall look forward to a continuation of our association and of the discussions which we have had during the past three years. I am particularly glad that I had an evening alone with you at Potsdam.
With my affectionate regards to you and to Mrs. Churchill,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Churchill had resigned as prime minister on July 26, following his party’s overwhelming election defeat. The voters of Great Britain had cast their ballots for a new government on July 5, but counting was delayed until July 26 to permit the soldiers’ vote to arrive from overseas. General Arnold observed in his memoirs that at the various social gatherings during the Potsdam Conference, the election had been a common topic of conversation. “The British were quite confident Churchill would be re-elected; the only question seemed to be how much of a majority he would receive.” Americans predicted a significantly greater majority than the British. (Arnold, Global Mission, pp. 590-91.) Churchill managed to carry his own constituency, but not by his usual overwhelming majority. The Labour party won 390 of 640 seats, the Conservative party only 195—almost reversing their positions in the previous Parliament. The new prime minister was Clement R. Attlee, who had accompanied Churchill to the Potsdam Conference.
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. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), pp. 251-252.