Marshall Mission Files, Lot 54–D270: Telegram

Brigadier General Henry A. Byroade to General Marshall

57. Field teams have started reporting their findings which will not be summarized this message. It appears that both sides are greatly exaggerating their claims of violations. This may be prompted by desire of each side to build up propaganda so that each could blame the other in event of complete collapse of cessation of hostilities. About 90% of such claims reaching here are Communist violations alleged by Central Government. This one-sided picture may be due to better communication facilities of Central Government. General Yeh says that Yenan has further evidence of Central Government violations. We stated that this should be furnished the Executive Headquarters. Our teams will strive to obtain factual evidence to disprove claims if they are false.

Now working on matters of railway police and railway reconstruction. It appears agreement of the former may be one of our most difficult problems.