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Memorandum for the Records of G-3 Section
November 8, 1918 [Souilly], France
Operations of the 1st Army in the direction of SEDAN.
1. Attached hereto is a copy of a memorandum for the Commanding Generals, 1st Corps and 5th Corps, dated November 5, 1918 (G/3 A-137) which was issued about 18:30 hours on November 5th. It was dispatched in written form by the ordinary courier service and was telephoned direct to the 1st and 5th Corps between 18:30 hours and 19 hours on November 5th.1
2. Also attached hereto is a memorandum from the Chief of Staff, 1st Army, dated November 7th, regarding the above subject.2
3. On November 5th at about 17:30 hours the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3, G.H.Q. (Gen. Conner) came to the office of the undersigned. He gave to me a message from the Commander in Chief, which is stated in paragraph 1, G-3 Memorandum No. A-137 referred to in paragraph 1 above. The message was verbal and was dictated to me by Gen. Conner.
Paragraph 2 of the above referred to G-3 Memorandum A-137 was drafted by me, excepting the last sentence. Gen. Conner was furnished a draft of the Memorandum as it then existed. Neither the Army Commander nor the Chief of Staff were in their office at this time. About 18 hours the Chief of Staff returned to his office from the front and I presented to him the draft of the Memorandum. He directed the addition of the last sentence of paragraph 2. The Memorandum was then rewritten, telephoned and dispatched as recited in paragraph 1 above.
G. C. Marshall, Jr.
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the American Expeditionary Forces (World War I) (RG 120), Records of the First Army, Operations Division Staff Memorandums (G-3), National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed memorandum signed.
1. The memorandum referred to is printed immediately above (See Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #1-146 [1: 165-166]).
2. Not printed.
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. 167.