740.00119 Control (Germany)/4–1245
The United States Political Adviser for Germany ( Murphy ) to the Assistant Secretary of State ( Dunn )
[Received April 20.]
Dear Jimmy: You may be interested in the attached secret memorandum of April 11 prepared by Major General Lucius Clay together with a chart which sets forth his latest thinking on the organizational features of the American side of Military Government in Germany.
There is also enclosed the final draft30 of a paper setting forth the outlines of the relationship between the Joint Theater Staff and the US Group Control Council (Germany) when Combined Command has terminated.
All of this has come to a head with the arrival here of General Clay coincident with the visit of Jack McCloy. I must say that I do not detect a movement anywhere to detract from the over-all authority of the Control Council in favor of the Zonal Command.
It will be noted that General Clay has devised the title of “Deputy Military Governor” and in that capacity he would be in charge under the Commanding General (General Eisenhower) and the latter’s Chief of Staff (Lieutenant General W. B. Smith) of all Military Government [Page 934] features on the American side including the American Element of the Control Council and G–5 of the Zonal Command as well.
There appears to be as yet no final determination who will be designated to serve as the American member of the Coordinating Committees under the Commanding General.
All the best to you,
- Not printed; for a report on the paper issued April 29, 1945, by Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, United States Army (ETOUSA), defining the relationship of the Deputy Military Governor and the US Group, Control Council (Germany) to the Theater Staff, see despatch 351, May 10, from Mr. Murphy, p. 938.↩
- Not printed.↩