Marshall Mission Files, Lot 54–D270: Telegram

General Marshall to Mr. Walter S. Robertson, at Peiping

1068. Correspondence has reached this office from both sides in the past few days concerning the Hankow Communist situation. Each side accuses the other of offensive action and therefore each side under the guise of self-defense seems to be engaging in pitted warfare. Would you please give me urgently a current report on this situation together with your recommendation. In his last memo79 on the subject General Chou has brought up again the idea of moving the Communist forces northward, thus relieving cause for continued friction. I doubt however that the Government would approve such a measure at this time.

  1. MM/078, July 7, not printed.