Lot 326: Menu for the Third Reunion Dinner of the Officers of the Tank Corps, held at the Hyde Park Hotel on November 19, 1921, 4 x 5.5, signed on the back cover in pencil by Winston Churchill, "W. Churchill," General Sir Hugh Elles, "Hugh Elles," and one other, "F. W. Butler (The Baron)." The menu retains its original decorative green and red ribbon on the left side of the cover. Attractively double-matted and framed unfolded with a portrait of Churchill to an overall size of 20.75 x 12.75, with a window on the reverse for viewing the menu inside. In very good condition, with moderate scattered soiling, brushing to graphite, and ink marks. This dinner was held to remember the British success at the Battle of Cambrai during World War I, in which Elles led 350 tanks into battle to great success in overcoming the seemingly impenetrable German trench defenses. Church bells rang throughout England in celebration, and each year the anniversary of the battle was commemorated as 'Cambrai Day.' As First Lord of the Admiralty, Churchill played an instrumental role in pushing the idea of armored tanks through the bureaucracy and onto the front lines. A terrific association between Churchill's experience in World War I, which he drew upon in his position as prime minister in the Second World War.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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