Lot 939: World War Ii



2015-07-10 15:43:52

Lot 939: World War Ii: An Historically Important Original Cipher Message, One Page, 4To, Headquarters, British Second Army Main, 7Th May 1945. The Purple Ink Telex Document Is An Original Copy Of Supreme Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower'S Total Cease Fire Order, As Transmitted By Shaef Forward At 0410 On 7Th May 1945. The Present Document, Marked Confidential And Most Immediate Is The First And Original Copy Of Fwd-20801 As Received And Printed By Lieutenant General Miles Dempsey'S Second Army Less Than One And A Half Hours After The Formal German Surrender Had Taken Place At Rheims And Comprises Three Paragraphs, In Full, 'Para 1. A Representative Of The German High Command Signed The Unconditional Surrender Of All German Land, Sea, And Air Forces In Europe To The Allied Expeditionary Force And Simultaneously To The Soviet High Command At 0141 Hours Central European Time, 7 May Under Which All Forces Will Cease Active Operations At 0001B Hours 9 May. Para 2. Effective Immediately All Offensive Operations By Allied Expeditionary Force Will Cease And Troops Will Remain In Present Positions. Moves Involved In Occupational Duties Will Continue. Due To Difficulties Of Communication There May Be Some Delay In Similar Orders Reaching Enemy Troops So Full Defensive Precautions Will Be Taken. Para 3. Down To And Including Divs, Tac Air Commands And Groups, Base Sections And Equivalent. No Repeat No Release Will Be Made To The Press Pending An Announcement By The Heads Of The Three Governments…Signed Eisenhower'. Interestingly The Document Is Printed To The Verso Of An Incomplete Printed German Invoice With Various Columns, One Headed Gegenstand. An Extremely Rare Surviving Example Of Eisenhower'S Historic Message To The Troops Under His Command. Some Light Creasing, Largely To The Edges, And A Few Very Small, Minor Tears To The Edges, Not Affecting The Text, About Vg The Present Message Was The Fourth And Final One Sent By Eisenhower Following The German Surrender, Which Had Been Signed At 0241 Hours. The Previous Three Had All Been Addressed To The British And American Chiefs Of Staff, However The Three Million Men And Women Of The Allied Expeditionary Force Were Still Unaware That World War Ii Was Effectively Over. The Present Message, The First To All Members Of His Command, Gave Details Of The German Surrender But, In Addition, Ordered All Shaef Offensive Operations To Cease Immediately. Another, Less Handsome, Copy Of The Present Document Was Sold At Bonhams, New York, On 29Th April 2015 (Lot 160, $4750/£2999). Miles Dempsey (1896-1969) British General Of World War Ii Who Commanded The British Second Army During The D-Day Landings Of 6Th June 1944 And Throughout The Rest Of The Campaign In North-Western Europe. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction July 2015 Saturday, 18th July 2015 Estimate: £2000 - 3000
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