Lot 940: World War Ii


2015-07-10 15:43:52


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Lot 940: World War Ii: An Historically Important Original Teleprinter Copy Of General Dwight D. Eisenhower'S Total Cease Fire Order Message, One Page, 4To, N.P., N.D. (7Th May 1945). The Original Black Ink Teleprinter Document Is A Copy Of Eisenhower'S Shaef Forward Message (Fwd-20801) Transmitted By The 1St Canadian Army To All Of Its Subordinate Units At 0430. Authorised By R. Austin And Marked Ou Top Priority At The Head, Along With An Abbreviated List Of The Recipients ('Polish Armd Div' Etc.) The Document Comprises Three Paragraphs, In Part, 'Para One Pd. A Representative Of The German High Command Signed The Unconditional….. Surrender Of All German Land…And Air Forces In Europe To The Allied Expeditionary Force And Simultaneously To The Soviet High Command At Zero One Four One Hours Central European Time… Seven May Under Which All Forces Will Cease Active Operations At Zero Sero Zero One Baker Hours Nine May….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 Three. All Informed Down To And Including Divisions Cma, Tactical Air Command 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'. With The Standard Series Of File Holes To The Left And Right Edges, Not Affecting The Text. A Couple Of Very Light, Extremely Minor Stains, Only Very Slightly Affecting A Few Words Of Text, Otherwise 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. Recipient Formations Re-Transmitted The Signal To Their Own Subordinate Units. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction July 2015 Saturday, 18th July 2015 Estimate: £1500 - 2000
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