Lot 465: United States Army general (1898-1975) who commanded the force defending Bastogne, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, most famous for his brief reply to a German surrender ultimatum. TMS signed "A. C. McAuliffe," two pages, 8.5 x 8, no date but circa 1960s-1970s. Typescript of the famous exchange that earned McAuliffe his nickname. In part: "To the U.S.A. Commander of the encircled town of Bastogne. The fortune of war is changing. This time the U.S.A. forces in and near Bastogne have been encircled by strong German armored units. More German armored units have crossed the river Ourthe near Ortheuville, have taken Marche and reached St. Hubert by passing through Hombras-Sibret-Tillet Libramont is in German hands. There is only one possibility to save the encircled U.S.A. Troop from total annihilation: that is the honorable surrender of the encircled town. In order to think it over a term of two hours will be granted beginning with the presentation of this note...To the German Commander: N U T S ! The American Commander." In fine condition, with mild toning.
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