To First Lieutenant George W. Day1
October 2,1940 [Washington, D.C.]
My dear Lieutenant Day:
I have just this moment read your letter of October 15th, with your observations on anti-tank guns and mortars and on the physical condition of officers of non-combatant units.2
As to the weapon phase; the “current reports” you refer to are largely press twists to make news items. So far there is no evidence that the military authorities are ignoring the importance of anti-tank guns and mortars. Most of this comes from the photographic business connected with the National Guard maneuvers last summer where it was important to represent the guns in order that their integration into the general deployment would be understood. In this connection—though please consider this a confidential comment from me—I might mention the fact that the Germans used dummy tanks in their training, but this did not at all prevent them from producing tanks and using them with great effectiveness.
As to the physical condition, I was much interested in your comments regarding officers and men of non-combatant units, and am passing this on to the proper section for consideration in relation to the training this winter.
Thank you for writing,
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, General Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed letter.
1. Day, a Reserve officer, was the comptroller of the Pawling School in Pawling, New York.
2. Marshall sent Day’s letter to Major General Lesley J. McNair at Army General Head quarters with the observation, “So much of this letter as refers to physical condition of the non-combat groups has considerable point to it.” (Marshall Memorandum for General McNair, October 21, 1940, GCMRL/G. C. Marshall Papers [Pentagon Office, General].) McNair apparently did not return the letter; it is not in the Marshall papers.
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland, Sharon Ritenour Stevens, and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr. (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981– ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 2, “We Cannot Delay,” July 1, 1939-December 6, 1941 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), pp. 335–336.