740.00119 Control (Germany)/6–1345
The United States Political Adviser for Germany (Murphy) to the Secretary of State
[Received June 26.]
Sir: I have the honor to transmit for your information a copy of a memorandum prepared by Major Harold Zink on the basis of a visit to a number of Military Government detachments in Bavaria. Major Zink represented the Political Division on a survey party sent out under the joint auspices of the US Group CC and SHAEF to observe the operation of Military Government in Bavaria, especially on the Regierungsbezirk and Land levels.
The survey party, headed by Mr. Lewis Douglas and Major General O. P. Echols, had excellent facilities placed at its disposal and received the fullest cooperation from the Military Government detachments in the field. It spent eight days, with morning, afternoon, and evening sessions on the survey and discussed Military Government problems with approximately one hundred officers, both in group meetings and in individual conferences.
Upon the conclusion of its fieldwork the survey party reported directly to Lt. General L. D. Clay, Commanding General of the US Group CC and Deputy Chief of Staff of SHAEF. It recommended that Military Government be freed from tactical interference below the Army level at the earliest possible time, that experts be sent to make a detailed study of the financial situation, that a commission be sent to Bavaria to oversee and coordinate the denazification program, and that greater effort should be made to acquaint the Military Government detachments with American policies in regard to various aspects of Military Government.
I believe that the attached memorandum may serve to furnish considerable information on a number of problems now confronting Military Government which are of concern to the Department.