Marshall Mission Files, Lot 54–D270: Telegram

General Marshall to Brigadier General Henry A. Byroade, at Peiping

785. Size and composition of the advanced section of Executive Headquarters reference your 316112 is the subject. Your first and pressing task is to organize on the ground an effective establishment as to officers, individuals and communications. Your task will be accurately defined later with probably certain special provisos regarding regions to North of Changchun. But in general, it will be to implement original cease firing agreement throughout Manchuria. Your immediate problem after organization will be to supervise cease firing arrangements where contacts had been closest in the north. Your Peiping decisions and interpretations will guide you until special instructions indicate otherwse. Take wth you alert, active officers who can do business quickly without ponderous delays.

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Timberman13 is to go to Peiping as soon as I have had a chance to talk to him. He will take over in your place at Peiping for time being. Direct communication with Nanking is highly desirable.

  1. Not printed.
  2. Brig. Gen. Thomas S. Timberman, due at Nanking about June 1, having been transferred to the China Theater from the India–Burma Theater.