well for themselves in their deeds and in their blunt and vivid language that nothing said behind the lines can approach that curt eloquence. Even if the writing and the production turn out luckily the scope of the war's effect on those involved must be conveyed largely by inference and by virtue of the imagination of the audience. Yet the great problem of the civilian nowadays is to understand the men and women who have borne the heat and burden and death and wounds of this war, and so I offer "Storm Operation" to you and to the public, hoping it will go some little way toward interpreting between the battle-front and our homes.
Sincerely M. A.
[ New York City]
November 22, 1943
Dear General Surles --
I have finally finished a play about the North African Campaign, dealing largely with Anglo-American relations. I talked to General Eisenhower about it in Algiers and have no doubt that it is on the line of what you would like to have said. I am mailing you a copy of it today and would have sent one before, but I have been revising and wanted you to have a rehearsal copy. The name is "Storm Operation".
As you will have guessed, I want to ask you a favor in connection with the production. We have already come on many questions which cannot be answered except by a military expert--mostly questions of usage and the correct equipment. The Prologue and Epilogue, for instance, take place in an invasion barge and we want to make sure that our routine is not obviously incorrect. You probably have pictures