Memorandum for General March

Identifier

WWP25394

Description

Secretary of War does not want US to be involved in bombing from the air.

Source

Library of Congress, Woodrow Wilson Papers

Publisher

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum

Contributor

Language

English

Provenance

Document scan was taken from Library of Congress microfilm reel of the Wilson Papers. WWPL volunteers transcribed the text.

Text

MEMORANDUM for General March:

I hand you herewith a letter and various exhibits from General Bliss. Undoubtedly the proposition which is submitted with regard to the Inter-Allied Air Force will be filed with the Air Service, although it may not be at the present time taken up for further consideration. I think it important to have filed with it a statement from me, to the effect that I desire no sort of participation by the Air Service of the United States in a plan for an independent Inter-Allied Air Force which has as its object promiscuous bombing upon industry, commerce, or populations in enemy country’s disassociated from obvious military needs to be served by such action, and that should the matter of the creation of this proposed Force go forward I desire to be consulted before the United States is committed to any participation in it, and only consulted when a plan has been drawn up which limits the operations of such a force in a way that will avoid committing the United States to any agreement that making war upon a defenseless civilian population is recognized as within lawful and proper war practices.

Newton D. Baker
Secretary of War.

Original Format

Letter

Files

http://resources.presidentwilson.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/WWI1338.pdf

Collection

Citation

Baker, Newton Diehl, 1871-1937, “Memorandum for General March,” 1918 November 4, WWP25394, World War I Letters, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.