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June 4, 1918 [Tartigny], France
The present situation demands perfect liaison on the part of all unit commanders and their subordinate commanders. Therefore the Division Commander directs that:
(a) In every movement (relief, change of station in sector or rear area, alteration of combat position, etc.) a report will be made to the next higher commander immediately upon the completion of the movement, and when unexpectedly made, before it is initiated. Brigade and separate organization commanders will keep the G-3 section, Division Headquarters, constantly informed as to every movement so that there can be no doubt at any moment as to the location of the various units in the command.
(b) Battalion, company and platoon commanders in rear of the Intermediate Position will keep their units well in hand and will keep in close touch with their higher commanders.
G. C. Marshall, Jr.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the American Expeditionary Forces (World War I) (RG 120), Records of the First Division, Historical File, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed memorandum signed.
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. 140.