Lot 30: Hap Arnold Pass
9th August 2017
War-dated Quebec Conference general pass, signed “H. H. Arnold,” 4.5 x 2.75, 1943. General Pass for the 1943 Quebec Conference issued to Arnold, signed at the conclusion in fountain pen by Arnold, and also bearing a stamped signature of RCMP Commissioner S. T. Wood. Reverse bears a Herbert H. Smellie, Security Officer stamp. Scattered light toning and soiling, and some ink marks to left side, otherwise fine condition. Codenamed 'Quadrant,' the first Quebec Conference was a secret meeting between the governments of Great Britain, the United States, and Canada hosted by Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King from August 17–24, 1943. The chief representatives were Franklin D. Roosevelt, whose delegation included Arnold, George Marshall, and Ernest King, and Winston Churchill, who was accompanied by Lord Mountbatten and Anthony Eden. The allied leaders began discussions for the planning of the invasion of France, codenamed Overlord, which would result in D-Day's invasion of Normandy a year later. They also agreed to increase the bombing offensive against Germany and began planning the invasion and occupation of Mussolini's Italy. A historically significant World War II piece.
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