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Cbl to Eisenhower, 6 Aug 42, draft in Memo, Handy for Classified MC. OPD file 381, ETO, sec. 2. ” See below, pp. 29-30. 60 McLaren, Notes on SLEDGEHAMMER, cited n. 31. 61 Investigation should be made, he continued, into the use of floating piers and other devices to speed the landings. This observation, important for the future, had no immediate issue, for the Prime Minister had also put forward and secured War Cabinet approval of a principle that, in effect, threw out the whole SLEDGEHAMMER idea.
McLaren, Notes on SLEDGEHAMMER. The War Cabinet approved the new principle on 11 Jun 1942. CROSS-CHANNEL ATTACK worked near by. Colonel Barker’s group received copies of all the planning papers which had been developed up to that time by the British. 63 By the middle of June 1942 the planners had developed a new appreciation and outline plan for ROUNDUP to be mounted in the spring of 1943. The plan was accepted by the Combined Commanders and submitted to the British Chiefs of Staff. It did not go into tactical details and was limited in scope to the establishment of bridgeheads including necessary airfields and port areas.
S. 54 At the same time the U. S. Air Force was beginning to set up house in the British Isles. 55 The build-up was begun at once. Brig. Gen. Ira C. Eaker, with a portion of his staff, was ordered to England in January and by the end of Feb54Elliott, The Predecessor Commands, pp. 15, 95. See n. 2. 55 General Arnold, who had become Chief of Air Corps in 1938, was directly responsible for expansion of the American aircraft industry and inception of the program for civilian training of ing cadets. In 1940 he was made Deputy Chief Staff for Air and the following year was given additional duty of Chief, Army Air Forces.