George S Patton signed letter (1885–1945) (PF3)
George S Patton signed letter (18851945) (PF3)
In the midst of World War II, General George S Patton, wrote a letter to Suzanne Miner, who had served as his housekeeper in Langres, France, during World War I...
Patton starts the letter "I was delighted to get your letter" and continues "I'm sure that you will be happy to know that the French and ourselves are very intimate" and Patton goes on to say "I have not met here any girls as charming as you and your sister"
Patton compliments Ms Miner on her English whilst joking at his own lack of command of the French language "I am sure that if you had not been such a clever girl you would not have understood me, particularly when I wrote"
The letter measures 8 x 10.5inches and is dated January 23, 1943 and bears a clean and crisp Patton signature.
The date is a significant one in World War II history.
As Patton wrote the letterMontgomery's 8th Armycaptured Tripoli, in Libya, from the German-Italian Panzer Army.
And the Battle of Mount Austen, the Galloping Horse, and the Sea Horse, an engagement between United States and Imperial Japanese forces, ended in the hills near the Matanikau Riverwith a US victory.
Also on January 23, 1943, Australianand American forces finally defeat the Japanesearmy in Papua. This turning point in the Pacific War marked the beginning of the end of Japanese aggression.
All letters tell a story and, for collectors, the events surrounding them are essential to their appeal and value.
It was in World War IIthat Patton made his mark, commanding both corps and armies as a GeneralinNorth Africa, Sicily, and the European Theater of Operations.
Signed personal correspondence from such a senior figure, at such an important time of the War, is very rare.
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