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Editorial Note on French Battlefields Trip
On July 12, two weeks after the Treaty of Versailles was signed, Pershing closed his Chaumont headquarters and moved with his staff back to American businessman Ogden Mills’s Paris mansion at 73 rue de Varenne, where he had stayed during the summer of 1917. Following the Bastille Day (July 14) victory parade, Marshall left with Pershing’s party for England. For his wife’s benefit, Marshall kept a written record of his experiences on this trip and on two others, a tour of French battlefields (August 1-11) and a tour of Italy (August 16-22). These three interesting documents are published as appendixes to his Memoirs, pp. 213-39. Between trips, Marshall began his correspondence on a theme that was to occupy much of his time during the five years he was Pershing’s aide: the general’s determination to produce a definitive report on the activities of the American First Army.
Recommended Citation: The Papers 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. 1, “The Soldierly Spirit,” December 1880-June 1939 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981), p. 190.