Lot 941: World War Ii



2015-07-10 15:43:52

Lot 941: World War Ii: An Extremely Rare, Historically Important Document, One Page, Oblong 4To, Cipher Office, Second Army, 8Th May 1945. The Original Black Ink Teleprinter Document, Marked Immediate And Secret Is A Copy Of The Final Intelligence Report Of World War Ii Issued By G-2 Section Of General Courtney Hodges 1St United States Army To All Subordinated G-2 Sections Via Cipher At 0420 On 8Th May 1945. The Message Reads, In Full, 'Secret This Is The Final Isum From Hq First Us Army. For The First Time In Eleven Months There Is No Contact With The Enemy. The Victory Which Was Won On Omaha And Utah Beaches Has Reached Its Climax. Today Belongs To The Men Of This Army Who Fought And Conquered The Enemy From Normandy To The Elbe. There Is No Enemy Situation To Report For There Is No Longer An Enemy To Defeat'. This Example Bears The Purple Oval Cipher Office Stamp And Date Of The British Second Army Commanded By Lieutenant General Miles Dempsey. With The Standard Series Of File Holes To The Left And Right Edges And With A Few Small Tears And Minor Areas Of Paper Loss To The Upper And Lower Edges, Not Affecting The Text. Some Very Light Overall Creasing, About Vg The Emotive Final Intelligence Report Of World War Ii Declaring '€¦There Is No Longer An Enemy To Defeat'. 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. We Can Find No Records Of Another Example Of This Signal Having Ever Been Offered For Sale At Auction Before. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction July 2015 Saturday, 18th July 2015 Estimate: £2000 - 3000
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