Marshall Legacy Series: Visionary in War and in Peace

The George C. Marshall Legacy Series interprets General Marshall’s legacy through a multi-year series of events, programs and information centered on key themes, events or episodes for members, children and families, scholars and researchers, historians and history buffs, and museum visitors of all ages. Access to our resources and collections will create unique activities and events to share with the public. Each sequence will last three months. Please join us in perpetuating Marshall’s legacy. View past events on our YouTube channel.

Print Codebreaking, April—June 2015
Weapons of War, July—September 2015
Taking Care of the Troops, October—December 2015
All Who Want to Serve, January-April 2016
Speed and Fury, May-August 2016
Let’s Get A Move On, September-December 2016
The World Wars, January-December 2017
• Europe’s Unlikely Recovery, January-April 2018
• Frenemies, May-August 2018
• Winter’s Coming, September-December 2018
• The Man for All Seasons, January 2019


The World Wars     January through December 2017

“Of all the military lessons which could have been learned from the last war, the question of unity of command is probably the most outstanding; personally I learned my lesson in observing the problems of General Pershing in France and the reluctance of our Allies to meet the issue until almost overwhelmed by the great German offensive of March, 1918. For that reason the first step taken by the Chiefs of Staff of Great Britain and the United States at the initial meeting in Washington in December, 1941, was to establish a basis of procedure to secure coordinated action.” – Marshall Speech to the Academy of Political Science, NYC, Nov. 10, 1942

This sequence of the Marshall Legacy Series will focus on the course, conduct and consequences of the two largest conflicts in human history, World War I and World War II. In doing so, it will examine how George. C. Marshall both shaped, and was shaped by, his experience of combat in France during World War I and show how those lessons learned, and hard won, would ultimately fashion how he would go on to fight and win in that second, global, conflagration, World War II, and in the peace that would follow.