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12. Pershing to General Officers, AEF, Chaumont, 13 December 1917, Charles P. Summerall Papers, LOC. " 13. Special Orders No. 185,12 December 1917, Records Group 120, Records of the Adjutant General, AEF, National Archives, Washington DC, Carton 2267. ) 14. Sibert to Pershing, France, 15 December 1917, ibid. 15. Davis to Sibert, Chaumont, 15 December 1917, ibid. 16. For a detailed discussion of the controversy see James J. Cooke, The Rainbow Division in the Great War, 1917-1919 (Westport, CT: Praeger Publishing, 1994), 20-24.
Smythe, Pershing, 54. 22. Pershing to Harbord, Chaumont, 28 February 1918, Harbord Papers, LOC. 23. Allen to Colonel Daniel W. Ketchum, Camp Travis, TX, 10 March 1918, Allen Papers, LOC 24. Baker to Peyton C March, Cleveland, 3 October 1932, Peyton C March Papers, LOC. 30 Pershing and His Generals 25. Harbord to Pershing, Chaumont, 8 March 1918, Harbord Papers, L O C 26. Ibid. 27. Smythe, Pershing, 88. 28. Pershing to Harbord, Chaumont, 15 September 1918, Harbord Papers, LOC. 29. S. Army Military History Institute Archives, Carlisle Barracks, PA.
At the same time Pershing requested that a hundred line officers with the rank of major or above be sent to France on 1 October to prepare to undertake the course of study. Weeks passed without response from the War Department, which infuriated Pershing, whose relations with Washington were already icy cold. On 28 October the War Department sent a cable stating that it had detailed fourteen officers to proceed to France, but no one else could be spared. 8 This was something that Pershing had wanted to avoid; he had felt that by requesting officers from the United States he would take pressure off the four divisions (1st, 2nd, 26th, and 42nd) that constituted the only United States combat presence in France.