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Memorandum [s. Drum]
September 10, 1918 [Ligny-en-Barrois], France
Release and readjustment of units following
reduction of St. Mihiel Salient.
1. The following information will serve as a guide to Army Corps Commanders during the course of the pending operation, so that they may be prepared to act promptly and without embarrassment upon the receipt of formal orders directing the changes outlined herein.
2. PLAN OF READJUSTMENT.
As soon as the advance has terminated, and assuming that a threat of a heavy hostile counter-attack does not exist, Corps Commanders will commence the reduction of the number of divisions in line and the regrouping of the divisions so released. The mechanics of this reduction must be foreseen and must be carried out promptly in order to permit the release of the various units indicated hereinafter, by the dates set, for duty in other regions.
The portions of the Army front now occupied by the 82nd Division will probably be taken over by the 8th French Army, releasing that division. The portion of the front from HAUDIOMONT north will probably be taken over by the French. The 1st and 5th Corps, with their corps, troops, will be relieved from duty on the front by D plus 4 and D plus 5 days, respectively, and the 4th U.S. and 2nd Colonial Corps will extend to the right and left, respectively, taking over the front of the 1st and 5th Corps.
3. UNITS TO BE RELIEVED. . . .
4. EVENTUAL DISPOSITIONS FOR DEFENSE OF FRONT. . . .1
Document Copy Text Source: Records of the American Expeditionary Forces (World War I) (RG 120), Records of the First Army, Historical File, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. The omitted paragraphs (approximately two-thirds of the original document) detailed the schedule for relieving certain organizations, the boundaries between the United States Fourth Corps and the French Second Colonial Corps, and the tentative distribution of divisions along the front.
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), pp. 160-161.