Letter - Hartle to Marshall, 1942
30 December 1942 [# 52]
General George C. Marshall
Chief of Staff
United States Army
Washington, D. C.
My dear General Marshall:
I wish to express my sincere thanks for your Holiday
Greetings and the kind thoughts expressed therein. It, together
with a highly appreciated note from Mrs. Marshall, helped
tremendously in making me realize that it was Christmas time
despite the fact that its celebration was without the holiday
normally associated therewith.
The Prime Minister, planning to be at Chequers on
Christmas day, gave me an appointment at 1:00 P.M., December 24th,
at No. 10 Downing. With several or my staff officers and Captain
Davenport present, I, at that time and place, presented him with
the “World” which he thoroughly enjoyed. In fact, if I may so
express it, he acted like a small boy with a new toy, pushing it
around on its pedestal and glowing with admiration and appreciation.
We toasted your thoughtfulness and all of its significance.
After some delay in finding a photographer the Prime
Minister had a picture taken of himself and me admiring the Globe,
but due to the absence of a flash, I doubt that the pictures
were satisfactory. If they were, I shall provide you with a
copy thereby confirming my observation of the Prime Minister’s
appreciation and reaction. Nothing could have pleased him more.
Work here is progressing nicely with the Eighth Air
Force taking every advantage of the weather for its productive
operations and the ground forces striving to develop along
amphibious lines. Needless to say, everyone is highly elated
over the North African success. A few more of that type and
the “end of the beginning” will be reversed.
With much appreciation of your constant thoughtful-
ness and with my kindest personal regards to Mrs. Marshall
and yourself, I am,
R. P. HARTLE
Major General, U.S. Army
Washington County Free Library
This is a True Copy letter by LCH, presumable Lucile Clark Hartle. The location of the original is unknown.
Western Maryland Room, Washington County Free Library
United States. Army, Biography; World War, 1939-1945, United States; Hartle, Russell P.