Lot 942: World War Ii



2015-07-10 15:43:53

Lot 942: World War Ii: An Excellent, Historic Document, Two Pages, 4To, N.P., 8Th May 1945. The Original Mimeograph Document, Signed In Facsimile By Brigadier General T. J. Davis, Adjutant General, Was Issued By General Dwight D. Eisenhower In His Capacity As Supreme Commander, Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force, And Is His Victory Order Of The Day, Apo 757 (Forward), Distributed To Chiefs Of All General And Special Staff Divisions And The Commanding Officer, Headquarters Command, Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force, And States, In Part, 'The Crusade On Which We Embarked In The Early Summer Of 1944 Has Reached Its Glorious Conclusion. It Is My Especial Privilege, In The Name Of All Nations Represented In This Theater Of War, To Command Each Of You For Valiant Performance Of Duty. Though These Words Are Feeble They Come From The Bottom Of The Heart Overflowing With Pride In Your Loyal Service And Admiration For You As Warriors. Your Accomplishments At Sea, In The Air, On The Ground And In The Field Of Supply, Have Astonished The World….You Have Taken In Stride Military Tasks So Difficult As To Be Classed By Many Doubters As Impossible. You Have Confused, Defeated And Destroyed Your Savagely Fighting Foe….You Did Not Pause Until Our Front Was Firmly Joined Up With The Great Red Army Coming From The East, And Other Allied Forces, Coming From The South. Full Victory In Europe Has Been Attained. Working And Fighting Together In A Single And Indestructible Partnership You Have Achieved A Perfection In Unification Of Air, Ground And Naval Power That Will Stand As A Model In Our Time. The Route You Have Travelled Through Hundreds Of Miles Is Marked By The Graves Of Former Comrades. From Them Has Been Exacted The Ultimate Sacrifice; Blood Of Many Nations - American, British, Canadian, French, Polish And Others - Has Helped To Gain The Victory….Let Us Have No Part In The Profitless Quarrels In Which Other Men Will Inevitably Engage As To What Country, What Service, Won The European War. Every Man, Every Woman, Of Every Nation Here Represented, Has Served According To His Or Her Ability, And The Efforts Of Each Have Contributed To The Outcome. This We Shall Remember - And In Doing So We Shall Be Revering Each Honoured Grave, And Be Sending Comfort To The Loved Ones Of Comrades Who Could Not Live To See This Day'. A Document Of Exceptional Content. A Few Small Pinholes To The Upper Left Corner And Some Extremely Minor, Light Age Wear, Vg In March 1945 American And British Forces Moved Eastward Into Germany In Large Numbers, Stopping At The Elbe River In Mid-April In Accordance With Pre-Negotiated Agreements With The Soviet Union. The Red Army, Meanwhile, Had Moved Westward, Reaching Berlin By Late April As Adolf Hitler Committed Suicide In His Bunker On 30Th April 1945. On 7Th May, Allied Efforts Forced Germany'S Unconditional Surrender, Ending The War In Europe After Nearly Six Years Of Fighting. Future American President Eisenhower, As Supreme Commander Of The Allied Expeditionary Forces In Europe, Issued The Present Document, His Victory Order Of The Day, To Commend The Victorious Allied Troops. As The Stirring And Emotional Text Shows, Eisenhower Encouraged Troops To Celebrate Their Hard-Won Victory, Also Urging Them To Recall The Horrific Casualties And Universality Of Destruction Wrought By The War. Between America'S Entrance Into World War Ii In 1941 And V-E Day On 8Th May 1945 (The Date Of The Present Document) More Than 300,000 American Soldiers Had Died In Combat. Other Allies Had Suffered Even Greater Losses, With Nearly 500,000 British Troops And A Staggering 7.5 Million Soviet Troops Dying In Battle. Hoping To Preclude Factionalism Among The Allies, Eisenhower Also Emphasises The Shared Nature Of Both Allied Losses And The Ultimate Victory In The Present Document. Provenance: The Present Document Was Major General George 'Bobby' Erskine'S Personal Copy Of Eisenhower'S Victory Order Of The Day And Originates From His Personal Archives. General Sir George Erskine (1899-1965) British General Of World War Ii, Head Of The Shaef Mission To Belgium From June 1944 - August 1945. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction July 2015 Saturday, 18th July 2015 Estimate: £2000 - 3000
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