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George C. Marshall refused to keep memorandums or a diary of important daily events during World War II because "it continually introduces the factor of one's own reputation ... which leads, I feel, subconsciously to self deception or hesitations in reaching decisions." (Pogue, George C. Marshall: Interview and Reminiscences, vii). These interviews represent the nearest approach to a memoir of his career that General Marshall attempted. The approximately 31 hours of tape are numbered 1M to 19M in roughly the chronological order of their contents. The name of the full length interview highlights the major topic of discussion but other subjects are discussed. The tape order is preserved in the transcripts and notes which are available by links to the Marshall Foundation website.

Forrest C. Pogue Interviews with General George C. Marshall George C. Marshall Foundation

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George C. Marshall refused to keep memorandums or a diary of important daily events during World War II because "it continually introduces the factor of one's own reputation ... which leads, I feel, subconsciously to self deception or hesitations in reaching decisions." (Pogue, George C. Marshall: Interview and Reminiscences, vii). These interviews represent the nearest approach to a memoir of his career that General Marshall attempted. The approximately 31 hours of tape are numbered 1M to 19M in roughly the chronological order of their contents. The name of the full length interview highlights the major topic of discussion but other subjects are discussed. The tape order is preserved in the transcripts and notes which are available by links to the Marshall Foundation website.

    Childhood in Uniontown Pennsylvania (Tape1 Side 1 - February 21, 1957 )

    Childhood in Uniontown Pennsylvania (Tape1 Side 1 - February 21, 1957 )

    Childhood in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, 1880-90s. "In this life in Uniontown, I saw the end of an era, because it was a very simple life." Marshall's mother: "She had a very powerful influence on me; I told her everything I did." Sinking the ferry: an "incident in my young life that made a definite impression on me;" growing and selling tomatoes; his father interest in history; trout fishing in the mountain streams.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Childhood in Uniontown, Pennsylvania (Tape1 Side 2 - February 21, 1957)

    Childhood in Uniontown, Pennsylvania (Tape1 Side 2 - February 21, 1957)

    Childhood in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Marshall's "painful time in public school"..."I was poor in grammar and arithmetic...I could star in history." Marshall's reaction to overhearing his brother telling his mother that if he went to the Virginia Military Institute(VMI), he would "disgrace the family name."

    • 52 min
    Family Background (Tape 2 Side 1 - February 28, 1957)

    Family Background (Tape 2 Side 1 - February 28, 1957)

    Childhood in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, 1880-90s - Description of his home; Marshall's playmates; boyhood ambitions; employment at the ice plant and as organ pumper at St. Peter's Episcopal Church; family ancestry; remembrances of his parents; his father's "Democratic instinct" and his mother's "Republican instincts;" favorite books..."books that bore on history."

    • 57 min
    Family Background (Tape 2 Side 2 - February 28, 1957)

    Family Background (Tape 2 Side 2 - February 28, 1957)

    Childhood in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, family background and parents

    • 57 min
    The Virginia Military Institute (Tape 3 Side 1 - March 6, 1957 )

    The Virginia Military Institute (Tape 3 Side 1 - March 6, 1957 )

    Virginia Military Institute and Lexington, Virginia (1897-1901), Influences on later life, Home life, Reading, First trip to Washington, D.C. General John J. Pershing

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Virginia Military Institute (Tape 3 Side 2 - March 6, 1957 )

    The Virginia Military Institute (Tape 3 Side 2 - March 6, 1957 )

    Virginia Military Institute and Lexington, Virginia (1897-1901), Influences on later life, Home life, Reading, First trip to Washington, D.C. General John J. Pershing

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

Mr Mark N4CC ,

For the WWll nerd

Incredible insight into one of the most important characters in the United States military during and after WWII. The audio isn’t great and unfortunately you hear the answers but not the questions. Probably need a very good background in WWII to enjoy the podcast.

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