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Memorandum for General McCoy
January 31, 1936 [Chicago, Illinois]
I am sending you, herewith, the basic instructions and preliminary situations for a so-called War Game, which has been enroute since the fall. As both National Guard and Reserve units are involved, I felt that you would be interested in the layout, which comes to a final head on Sunday, March 1st.
I have not enclosed maps, because I did not think you would care to laboriously study the dispositions at this time, but I hope you will run your eye over these papers and get a general idea of the procedure being followed. The area involved is in the vicinity of the Arlington Race Track and southeast of Des Plaines. As it is close to Chicago many officers and some times staffs, have visited the terrain.
Since these memorandums were distributed the various solutions have been received, and the resulting situations from initial contacts—principally cavalry action and artillery fires—have been communicated to the commanders concerned. This procedure has passed through three or four phases already, and the cavalry contacts have grown from patrol actions to a more general engagement between two Red squadrons and a portion of the Blue regiment. The commanders of the reserve infantry organizations have all become involved—though not their troops—as their preliminary reconnaissances carried them partially into the zone of the cavalry activities, and into areas under the Red artillery preparation fire. By mail and by telephone these successive phases have been handled, until we have almost reached the point of infantry contacts.
Colonel Fox, at the Planetarium, commands the Reserve infantry brigade, and seems to have become quite excited over the situations in which he found himself while on his supposed early morning reconnaissance.1
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Illinois National Guard, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. Astronomer Philip Fox was the director of Adler Planetarium.
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. 486.