Guest Blogger: Jason Fagone and The Woman Who Smashed Codes

I visited the Marshall library for the first time in January 2015, looking for information about the codebreaking poet Elizebeth Smith Friedman. I had been reading about the history of the NSA and its godfather, William Friedman, and in reading about William, I noticed that his wife was also a codebreaker. Two codebreakers, married to […]

Marshall and Secretary of Defense

By: Wayne C. Thompson On September 21, 1950, George C. Marshall, who had been happily retired from national service since stepping down as secretary of state in January 1949, became America’s third secretary of defense. The post and department had been created by the National Security Act three years earlier. The young department was the […]

Marshall and the Jeep

It is often mentioned that General Marshall considered the jeep one of the best, if not the best, weapons of the war. More intriguing, but still lacking complete detail, have been suggestions that he had something specifically to do with the creation of the original jeep. The evidence today seems to suggest the conclusion that […]

Marshall Plan Art

In December 2015 the Marshall Foundation acquired thirty-nine acrylic paintings from James Work of Katy, Texas, who painted scenes from his time in Germany during and after World War II. Using photos taken in 1946 and from a return visit in 1986, he painted “before and after” scenes of Germany, illustrating the results of Marshall […]

Marshall and Robots

HDT Global got its start in robotics the hard way, by working for the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab on DARPA’s Revolutionizing Prosthetics program to develop a prosthetic arm with near-human capabilities. DARPA projects are often described as “DARPA hard”, and this nine year effort has been one of the toughest projects that HDT has […]

Marshall and the Atomic Bomb

The book, General George C. Marshall and the Atomic Bomb, looks at events of the first nuclear decade from General Marshall’s perspective. Marshall had the unique position of being the only high-level government official who participated in or witnessed the decisions regarding the production, use, and post-war management of the atomic bomb from 1942 to […]

The Art of War: Editorial Cartooning

Never having served in the military, I at first thought it odd when I received an invitation to speak on the “Weapons” of War as part of the George C. Marshall Legacy Series. After it was explained to me that my specific topic would be “Paper Bullets”–editorial cartooning as it relates to conflict and public […]

Marshall and the American Red Cross

Ask anyone what the American Red Cross does and the answer will likely include supplying lifesaving blood or disaster relief efforts during significant natural disasters. In fact, the American Red Cross does much more. In the broadest sense, the American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the […]

Marshall and Veterans Day Remembered

November 11, Veterans Day, was originally called Armistice Day to commemorate the end of World War I, the “War to End All Wars” 100 years ago. Armistice Day underwent a name change in 1954 to Veterans Day to include our veterans of all wars. It is fitting to pay tribute to all who have served […]