Lot 222: Uncommon World War II–dated ALS in Italian, signed "Mussolini," one page, 6.5 x 8.5, Head of Government letterhead, July 26, 1940. Letter to General Carlo Favagrossa, in part (translated): "The 'Fabriguerra' [War Plant Bureau] will make a supplementary allocation limited to the requirements of the construction…beginning today and extending to October 31, 1941. In case the Army is not engaged in warfare in 1940, the quota of the allocation may be subject to revision." In fine condition. Mussolini sided with Germany on June 10, 1940—just a few weeks before this letter—believing that the war would soon be over and Germany the victor, thus the expectation in this letter that the army may not be engaged throughout the year. An interesting letter from the outset of Italy's participation in World War II.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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