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EISENHOWER, Dwight D. (1890-1969), President, Supreme Allied Commander . Autograph letter signed ("Ike"), as Lt. Gen., to his wife, Mamie Doud Eisenhower, 23 September [1942]. 3 pages, 8vo, with original autograph envelope (and free frank) .
EISENHOWER, Dwight D. (1890-1969), President, Supreme Allied Commander . Autograph letter signed ("Ike"), as Lt. Gen., to his wife, Mamie Doud Eisenhower, 23 September [1942]. 3 pages, 8vo, with original autograph envelope (and free frank) . MOURNING A LOST SON AND GETTING "PEEVED" ON A FIELD VISIT, in this peripatetic letter that conveys the hectic life of the U.S. commander of Army Forces in the British Isles. "Tomorrow, Sept 24, Ikky would have been 25 years old," Eisenhower writes, referring to his son Doud Dwight Eisenhower (1917-1921), who died of scarlet fever. "Seems rather unbelievable, doesn't it? We could well have been grand-parents by this time--I'm sorry we're not! Lord knows that at times I feel old enough to tack a 'great, great' on to it." He is alarmed by a "mysterious cable" from Charley Gailey "giving me a message that all is well. I didn't know anything was wrong." He tells Mamie that "my daily schedule is such a broken one" that he can only snatch odd moments to "grab a pen...and just begin writing." At this moment he is "waiting for Butch to come in [his aide Harry Butcher] -- he is arranging a trip to hqrs almost an hour out of town." Later in the letter, returned from the visit, he writes: "Trip is over. Unsatisfactory visit & I got a bit peeved. Oh hum." Now he is waiting for "Bedell" -- Walter Bedell Smith -- "with the papers. It's 6:00 p.m. so, I'll stick this in an envelope and say good bye until I have another chance to scrawl you a line." The letter did not get postmarked for over a week (2 October). In May 1942, Chief of Staff George C. Marshall tapped Ike for the command of the American forces in Britain. The U.S. and the British were still battling each other over whether to open a "second front" in western Europe in 1942 or 1943. They did neither. But when the U.S. landed troops in North Africa in November 1942, and in France in June 1944, Eisenhower was in command.

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Auktionshaus: Christie's
Titel: Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts including Americana
Auktionsdatum: 19.06.2014
Adresse: Christie's
19 June 2014, New York, Rockefeller Center