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Auction Description for Alexander Autographs: September 2013 Auction, Part I
Viewing Notes:
At our offices by appointment.

622 lots | 621 with images

September 10, 2013

Live Auction

98 Bohemia Avenue

2nd Floor

Chesapeake City, MD, 21915 USA

Phone: 203-276-1570

Fax: 203-883-1483

Email: sales@alexautographs.com

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ADOLF HITLER

Lot 1: ADOLF HITLER

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Description: ADOLF HITLER (1889 - 1945) Fuhrer of Germany and Nazi Party leader, Hitler's bloody rise to power, his military seizure of most of Europe and North Africa and his genocidal racial policies culminated in suicide in his Berlin bunker as Russian troops approached. Very important signed document in which Hitler creates the Anti-Partisan Award in order to recognize those in the armed forces fighting increasingly fierce guerillas in German-occupied territories. The document is 2pp. legal folio on "Der Fuhrer" letterhead with blind-embossed national eagle and swastika, "Fuhrer Headquarters", Jan. 29, 1944. It reads in full: "ORDER Regarding the institution of the Anti-Partisan Award of 30 January 1944 1.) In recognition of the enemy's employment of increasingly stricter organization and deployment of Partisan warfare, I hereby institute the Anti-Partisan Award. 2.) The Anti-Partisan Award is a valor and service award. The bestowal of the Anti-Partisan Award will follow three classes (Bronze, Silver, Gold). 3.) The Anti-Partisan Award will be worn on the left breast side of the service tunic. 4.) The recipient will receive an award document. 5.) Upon the death of the recipient, the Anti-Partisan Award shall remain the property of the surviving relatives, as a remembrance. 6.) The implementing rules will be established by the Reichsfuhrer-SS. Boldly signed with Hitler's late-war cramped signature. Light toned spot at bottom of first page, else very good. This is the first document we have ever seen in which Hitler creates an award - and this is one of the most notable of awards. Partisans or guerrilla fighters were active in almost every country Germany invaded during the war. Partisans became large and dangerous movements, requiring increasing German manpower and resources to resist them. The badge existed in three grades: bronze, for 20 combat days, silver, for 50 combat days, and gold, for 100 combat days against partisans. In the case of the Luftwaffe, "days" were counted as sorties. The design of the badge constituted a wreath with a sword in the center. The handle has a sun wheel swastika, which represents the Nordic and auxiliary forces. The sword plunged into the "Hydra," a multi-headed sea serpent that represented the Partisans. The mythical Greek creature was almost impossible to destroy since its heads grew again if they were cut off: this shows an interesting parallel with the ever growing presence of partisan activities. Members of the Wehrmacht avoided wearing it, fearing retribution if captured, while the Waffen SS men wore it with pride, claiming it was "their" badge.

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KING GEORGE VI AND BERNARD LAW MONTGOMERY - Current Bid: $1,000.00

Lot 2: KING GEORGE VI AND BERNARD LAW MONTGOMERY - Current Bid: $1,000.00

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Description: KING GEORGE VI AND BERNARD LAW MONTGOMERY Superb S.P., 9 3/4" x 7 3/4" b/w, a full-length view of British King GEORGE VI who signs "George R.I." and British Field Marshal BERNARD LAW MONTGOMERY who signs "B. L. Montgomery Field Marshal", the pair seated before seven other British military officers, likely Monty's staff officers. At bottom Montgomery has added: "Holland: Oct 1944". Fine. Following the disastrous failure of Operation Market Garden only a few weeks earlier, Montgomery was obliged to embark upon a self-promotion campaign to restore his damaged credibility. Here, King George throws his weight behind Monty's efforts.

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HEINRICH HIMMLER

Lot 3: HEINRICH HIMMLER

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Description: HEINRICH HIMMLER (1900 - 1945) Hitler's Chief of the Gestapo placed in charge of security and responsible for the construction and operation of extermination camps. He chose suicide rather than face a hangman's noose at Nuremburg. Rare (and incredibly ironic) A.L.S. sent to his mistress and signed with an asterisk (*) as was his custom, 1p. oblong 12mo., a 1940-41 postcard supporting the Volkshiftswerk, Friedrichs[?], Jan. 19, 1942. In part: "...my dear [?] I can't write much to you right now, only a very, very dear greeting. You wrote to me so lovely, you are getting a very special lovely kiss. More tomorrow, With love! Take care of yourself!...". Very good.

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REINHARD HEYDRICH - Current Bid: $3,250.00

Lot 4: REINHARD HEYDRICH - Current Bid: $3,250.00

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Description: REINHARD HEYDRICH (1904 - 1942) "The Hangman", Nazi head of the dreaded SS and architect of the "Final Solution", his assassination in Prague caused a retribution of the destruction of Lidice and murder of many of its inhabitants. Fine content T.L.S. on his official letterhead, 1p. large 4to., Berlin, Feb. 7, 1942 to Field Marshal WILHELM KEITEL concerning WILHELM CANARIS, head of the Abwehr and already under suspicion by Keitel and Himmler as having anti-Hitler sentiments, if not having even already been in contact with the British. Heydrich relates, in part: "...As discussed over the telephone, I enclose a transcript of my handwritten letter to Canaris. As you can see, I strive to keep the negotiations objective and according to the directions of the Reichsfuhrer-SS." Keitel has heavily docketed the letter and initialed it "K" twice: "In the meantime I spoke to the Reichsfuhrer SS...who will advise Heydrich to continue..." The notorious Wannsee Conference was held only weeks earlier, and although Canaris was largely responsible for Heydrich's promotions from the Kriegsmarine, up, Heydrich was already warning his colleagues of Canaris' 'snooping'. Worthy of further research!

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HERBERT BACKE - Current Bid: $140.00

Lot 5: HERBERT BACKE - Current Bid: $140.00

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Description: HERBERT BACKE (1896 - 1947) Reichsminister for Nutrition and Agriculture eventually responsible for the deaths of millions of Russians as they were starved in order to supply the Wehrmacht and the German population. T.L.S. on official letterhead, 1p. 4to., Berlin, Jan. 10, 1945 to Reichsmarshal Hermann Goring. In part: "...for your birthday my best wishes...may the new year of life bring the full success of your responsible task...be sure the German people will fulfill their duty to the nation in the hard year before us, and thereby promote victory!...". Tipped to another sheet, very good.

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PIETRO BADOGLIO - Current Bid: $160.00

Lot 6: PIETRO BADOGLIO - Current Bid: $160.00

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Description: PIETRO BADOGLIO (1871 - 1956) Italian field marshal who conspired with King Victor Emmanuel to depose Mussolini, succeeded Mussolini as Premier and surrendered Italian forces to the Allies. Fine I.S.P., 9" x 11 1/4" b/w, a chest, up pose in uniform inscribed to a security officer, Tripoli, 1934. Toned area and a ding affect signature slightly, trimmed at top, still very good.

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IVAN BAGRAMYAN

Lot 7: IVAN BAGRAMYAN

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Description: IVAN BAGRAMYAN (1897 - 1982) Russian marshal, instrumental in the planning of two Soviet counter-offensives against the Germans, including the major push made by Soviet forces during the battle of Moscow, and in the battle of Kursk, Type D.S. in pencil with multiple holograph corrections, 3pp. 4to., [n.p., n.d., ca. 1960], a biographical quation and answer corrected throughout by the great general who boldly signs at conclusion. Fine.

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HARRY H. BANDHOLTZ

Lot 8: HARRY H. BANDHOLTZ

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Description: HARRY H. BANDHOLTZ (1864 - 1925) American major general of World War I, saved treasures at the Hungarian National Museum and was a U.S. military representative to Hungary. S.P. 8" x 10", a chest, up portrait in unIform signed with rank at bottom. Very good.

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GUNTHER BLUMENTRITT

Lot 9: GUNTHER BLUMENTRITT

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Description: GUNTHER BLUMENTRITT (1892 - 1967) German general, instrumental in planning the German invasion of Poland and France, participated in Operation Barbarossa, and afterward bore a large part of the responsibility for planning the defense of the Atlantic Wall and Normandy. S.P. 4" x 5 1/2" b/w, a chest, up pose in uniform signed with rank in 1965. Fine.

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GUNTHER BLUMENTRITT

Lot 10: GUNTHER BLUMENTRITT

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Description: GUNTHER BLUMENTRITT (1892 - 1967) German general, instrumental in planning the German invasion of Poland and France, participated in Operation Barbarossa, and afterward bore a large part of the responsibility for planning the defense of the Atlantic Wall and Normandy. S.P. 2" x 2" b/w, a printed chest, up pose signed with rank in 1965. SOLD WITH: an A.L.S. 1p. 12mo., 1965 giving the address of a colleague, with the transmittal envelope bearing his name in the return address. Two pieces.

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KARL BODENSCHATZ - Current Bid: $50.00

Lot 11: KARL BODENSCHATZ - Current Bid: $50.00

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Description: KARL BODENSCHATZ (1890 - 1979) German Luftwaffe minister and previously a member of von Richthofen's "Flying Circus", also served as Hitler's adjutant. A.L.S., 1p. large 4to., Erlangen, Nov. 15, 1970. A response to an inquiry, in part: "...The signature on the document reads Jeschonnek. He was a Generaloberst and chief of the general staff of the Luftwaffe. Towards the end of the war he departed from life by his own free will. Dr. Gritzbach, who lived here in Erlangen, passed away two years ago. I admire your great interest in the memories of our great army commanders...". Fine.

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RICHARD BONG - Current Bid: $200.00

Lot 12: RICHARD BONG - Current Bid: $200.00

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Description: RICHARD BONG (1920 - 1945) American ace and Medal of Honor recipient, with 40 kills and 7 "probables" all in the same P-38, killed in the flame-out of a P-80. Exceptionally war-date signature and rank: "Capt. Richard I Bong" in blue ink on a small slip, slightly affected by old tape remnants in margins. Mounted.

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MARTIN BORMANN - Current Bid: $900.00

Lot 13: MARTIN BORMANN - Current Bid: $900.00

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Description: MARTIN BORMANN (1900 - 1945?) Head of the Nazi Party Chancellery and private secretary to Adolf Hitler, by the end of World War II Bormann had become second only to Hitler himself in terms of real political power. Important partly printed D.S., 14" x 11 1/4", Bormann's SS-Stammrollen-Auszug (personnel roster), Munich, Mar. 9, 1937, signed by him as Gruppenfuhrer and staff leader to the deputy of the Fuhrer. It lists much personal information, including his party membership number, his participation at party marches, his SS membership number and awards, his rank as Gruppenfuhrer, and his profession as Reichsleiter, staff leader for the deputy of the Fuhrer, Rudolf Hess. He declares his religion as "believer in God". His criminal record shows a fine of 30,000 marks for a violation against a farming regulation and his one year prison sentence by the state court for the protection of the republic. On the reverse are listed his former party activities, including his membership in the anti-Semitic "Organization Fighting Jewry" ("Verband gegen die Uberhebung des Judentums"), section leader of the paramilitary organization Rossbach in Mecklenburg 1922-23, his one year prison term for political reasons and his entry into the Frontbann followed by his entry into the NSDAP in 1927. He also notes that for one year he worked as press chairperson in Thuringia, became a district leader for Jena and speaker for the "Nationalsocialists", finally becoming a staff member of the Supreme SA Leadership (Oberste SA-Fuhrung) in 1928 and ultimately the deputy of the Fuhrer, Reichsleiter of the NSDAP. File holes at left, one fold and a 8 1/2" section repaired with tape, boldly signed in black ink. The SS-Stamrollen Auszug was a most important SS file document, essentially summarizing a member's personal data, history, and military and political activities. Bormann's SS membership number was originally 278,267. By special order of Himmler in 1938, Bormann was granted SS number 555 to reflect his Alter Kämpfer ("Old Fighter") status. His religious statement is far-fetched - Bormann was the most anti-cleric member of the NSDAP upper administration.

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MARTIN BORMANN

Lot 14: MARTIN BORMANN

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Description: MARTIN BORMANN (1900 - 1945?) Head of the Nazi Party Chancellery and private secretary to Adolf Hitler, by the end of World War II Bormann had become second only to Hitler himself in terms of real political power. T.L.S. in indelible pencil on NSDAP letterhead, a signed carbon, 1p. large 4to., June 9, 1938 to Labor Minister Franz Seldte. Bormann writes concerning impending social law changes in Austria and makes references to gauleiters and political territories. Files holes, a paperclip stain at top, else very good.

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VIKTOR BRACK - Current Bid: $200.00

Lot 15: VIKTOR BRACK - Current Bid: $200.00

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Description: VIKTOR BRACK (1904 - 1948) German SS officer, a war criminal who organized the T-4 euthanasia program and developed mass sterilization techniques. A chief planner of the organization and implementation of mass gassings. Executed. Rare T.L.S. on official letterhead as a staff officer serving in the Chancellery, 1p. large 4to., Berlin, Jan. 29, 1936 to a man from Danzig advising him that his message is being forwarded to a deputy at party headquarters in Munich. Very good.

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OMAR N. BRADLEY - Current Bid: $140.00

Lot 16: OMAR N. BRADLEY - Current Bid: $140.00

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Description: OMAR N. BRADLEY (1893-1981) American general of World War II who commanded the largest ground force ever led by one man. He was later Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Fine content T.L.S. on his General of the Army letterhead, 1p, 4to., Washington, Mar. 1, 1965 to a Belgian man. In part: "...About two years ago I visited many of the cemeteries in Europe where American soldiers lie buried, as well as the cemeteries where the soldiers of our Allies lie at rest. Although it was won at great cost, we shall forever be grateful for the victory which, all together, we achieved...". Folds, else fine.

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OMAR N. BRADLEY - Current Bid: $160.00

Lot 17: OMAR N. BRADLEY - Current Bid: $160.00

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Description: OMAR N. BRADLEY (1893-1981) American general of World War II who commanded the largest ground force ever led by one man. He was later Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. S.P. 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" b/w, a chest, up pose in uniform, ca. 1965, boldly signed in the white bottom margin. Fine.

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BRUNO BRAUER

Lot 19: BRUNO BRAUER

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Description: BRUNO BRAUER (1893-1947) German paratrooper, the first to jump from a plane in May 1936, later commander of Crete. Executed for war crimes in Athens for committing atrocities on Crete, including the deaths of thousands. S.P. 4 1/4" x 5 3/4" color, a Willich portrait of the paratrooper hurriedly signed at bottom. Dusseldorf postmark and message on verso, ink note at right margin.

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ERNST BUSCH

Lot 20: ERNST BUSCH

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Description: ERNST BUSCH (1885 - 1945) German field marshal, served under List during the invasion of Poland and the following year led the German 16th Army during the Western Offensive. Defeated in Russia, he was sacked by Hitler, recalled to defend Montgomery's advance, and died in a POW camp after capture. Rare late war D.S. "Busch" in pencil, 1p. oblong 8vo., [n.p.], Apr. 14, 1945, his notice forwarding a recommendation for the addition of oak leaves to the Knights Cross issued to FRANZ GRASSMEL (1906-1985), commander of the Paratroop Regiment 20 who received his Oak Leaves on May 8th (V-E Day!).

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RULES FOR THE AWARD OF THE KNIGHT'S CROSS ARE EASED LATE IN THE WAR - Current Bid: $1,000.00

Lot 21: RULES FOR THE AWARD OF THE KNIGHT'S CROSS ARE EASED LATE IN THE WAR - Current Bid: $1,000.00

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Description: RULES FOR THE AWARD OF THE KNIGHT'S CROSS ARE EASED LATE IN THE WAR Important typed D.S., 1p. folio, [Berlin], Mar. 15, 1945, in which General WILHELM BURGDORF(1895-1945), Hitler's Chief Adjutant, and Wehrmacht Supreme High Command staff member and Knights Cross awardee JOACHIM DOMASCHK(1914-1986) approve a draft of new rules required for the issuance of Germany's highest military award, the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. Both the current requirements and proposed new requirements are indicated, and essentially the conditions are eased: the words "can be awarded..." are replaced with "will be awarded...", and generally it is recognized that smaller groups of combatants fighting under less supervision should be more easily rewarded for their bravery and not be obliged to face the enormous amount of bureaucracy and paperwork previously required. Even those who had not previously been awarded Iron Crosses would become much more eligible for the Knight's Cross. At bottom, Burgdorf notes in his hand: "Approved by the Fuhrer March 18, 1945...", makes three minor holograph corrections, and signs, further ordering that this new standard be properly distributed. Signed by both in indelible pencil. Vertical fold, files holes in blank margins, else very good. Clearly, this action was meant not solely to more easily recognize heroism on the battlefield, but also to boost morale among Hitler's armies, which were rapidly being crushed between the Russians on the east, and the Americans on the west.

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CLAIRE L. CHENNAULT - Current Bid: $300.00

Lot 22: CLAIRE L. CHENNAULT - Current Bid: $300.00

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Description: CLAIRE L. CHENNAULT (1890 - 1958) American Army aviator who established the volunteer-staffed Flying Tigers to fight the Japanese invasion of China. He has also been (unofficially) credited with over 40 "kills". Rare war-date signature "C. L. Chennault" on a postal cover bearing his image, the Flying Tigers logo, and shield, boldly signed by him with censor's stamp and July 12, 1945 Army postal cancel. Grouped with a Flying Tigers patch (not authenticated), commemorative covers, stamps, etc. Fine.

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EARLE D. CHESNEY

Lot 23: EARLE D. CHESNEY

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Description: EARLE D. CHESNEY (1900 - 1966) American military cartoonist, a Navy captain who invented the naval character, "Eggburt of the Navy," who, like the Army's "Sad Sack," entertained service men and women around the world. Lot of three items includes an I.S.P. 8" x 10" b/w, a wartime image of the artist seated at his desk and surrounded by his works, with two wartime compilations of his works, each inscribed and signed "Earle" on the cover. Very good.

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MARK CLARK

Lot 24: MARK CLARK

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Description: MARK CLARK (1896 - 1984) American Army general, commanded the landings at Salerno and Anzio against the forces of Kesselring. Good content war-date T.L.S. on Fifth Army letterhead, 1p. 4to., [n.p.], June 19, 1944 to Brig. Gen. Frank "Hunk" Allen, Jr., commander of the 9th Armored Division in North Africa, Chief of Public Relations at Eisenhower's headquarters and Commanding General of the 3rd Armored Division in 1945. Clark sends birthday greetings, adding: "...Your work as Commanding General, Combat Command 'B' of our battle-wise 1st Armored Division has been of great value. Let us hope that on your next birthday you can be with your family at home and that our battle here will be over and done...". Folds, light soiling, else very good. The 1st Armored participated in the liberation of Rome and continued in combat to the Po Valley until the German forces in Italy surrendered on 2 May 1945.

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LUDWIG CRUEWELL - Current Bid: $100.00

Lot 25: LUDWIG CRUEWELL - Current Bid: $100.00

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Description: LUDWIG CRUEWELL (1892 - 1958) German general and commander of the Afrika Corps, recipient of the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. Partly-printed D.S., 2pp. 4to., [n.p.], Feb. 19, 1942, a recommendation that a soldier in his command be awarded the War Merit Cross, Second Class, with Swords. Very good.

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OTTO DESSLOCH - Current Bid: $160.00

Lot 26: OTTO DESSLOCH - Current Bid: $160.00

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Description: OTTO DESSLOCH (1889 - 1977) German Luftwaffe general and recipient of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves. Dessloch commanded Luftwaffe units in the Eastern Front, as well as an air unit which avenged the liberation of Paris by bombing the city destroying civilian targets and killing 200 French civilians in September 1944. Scarce war-date D.S., 4pp. legal folio, Mar. 7, 1944, his approval of the awarding of the German Cross in Gold to Luftwaffe Ju 87 pilot Lothar Darstow, then serving with Stukageschwader 3 in Russia. A summary of Darstow's achievements which was ultimately sent to Hermann Goring mentions Darstow's destruction of T-52 and T-34 tanks, AA positions, and: "destruction of many trucks...loaded with ammunition...a direct hit on a temporary bridge...that was vital for Soviet operations...two direct hits on a tight group of attacking tanks...a pill-box...attacked by an Aircobra...able to shoot it down..." Also signed twice by the pilot's group commander. File holes and stains at left margin, else very good. Darstow would receive his award in March, 1944.

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JAMES P. DEVEREUX - Current Bid: $20.00

Lot 27: JAMES P. DEVEREUX - Current Bid: $20.00

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Description: JAMES P. DEVEREUX (1903-1988) U.S. Marine Corps general who commanded a battalion at the defense of Wake Island in December 1941 and was a prisoner of the Japanese until the end of the war in 1945. A.L.S. 1p. 8vo. on his personal letterhead, [n.p.], Apr. 26, 1977 discussing a photograph [not present], "...taken at P.O.W. camp outside Shanghai probably in fall of 1944, Do not recall name of civilian with me - One of the Contractor's men..." and suggesting another party to contact. Fine.

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EDUARD DIETL

Lot 28: EDUARD DIETL

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Description: EDUARD DIETL (1890 - 1944) Nazi German general who participated in the Anschluss and attack on Poland, he is most remembered as the "Hero of Narvik" for which he received the first Oak Leaves of the war. Killed in an airplane crash with his corps commanders. S.P. 4" x 6" color Hoffmann postcard bearing an image of a painting of Dietl. Boldly signed at right. Some creases toward corners, else very good.

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KARL DONITZ - Current Bid: $100.00

Lot 29: KARL DONITZ - Current Bid: $100.00

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Description: KARL DONITZ (1891 - 1980) German admiral who headed the U-Boat arm of the German Navy, later succeeded Hitler as Fuehrer after Hitler's suicide. Partly-printed D.S., 1p. 4to., [May 9, 1945], a copy of an ornately calligraphy copy of Donitz's "Final Order" to the Wehrmacht as Reichspresident, boldly signed at bottom, 1974. Donitz commends his men for defending Germany's borders, and states that at midnight the armistice had been signed and all hostilities had come to an end.

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GEORG PETER EDER - Current Bid: $160.00

Lot 30: GEORG PETER EDER - Current Bid: $160.00

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Description: GEORG PETER EDER (1921 - 1986) Luftwaffe fighter ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross. Eder flew 572 combat missions claiming 78 enemy aircraft shot down. Partly-printed D.S., 2pp. large 4to., [n.p.], June 20, 1944, an evaluation of twenty year old Lt. Edmund Fischer stating that he has a quiet character, is tough, honest, and was well-suited to become a fighter pilot.

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ADOLF EICHMANN COMMENTARY ON HIS DEATHS ENTENCE

Lot 31: ADOLF EICHMANN COMMENTARY ON HIS DEATHS ENTENCE

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Description: ADOLF EICHMANN COMMENTARY ON HIS DEATHS ENTENCE Startling typed manuscript, 5pp. legal folio, [Jerusalem, ca. Jun 7, 1962]. A week after the pronouncement of his death sentence and the drafting of a more-softly-worded statement concerning his fate, Eichmann issues this commentary, signed in type, with the excuse for his actions which he used throughout his defense: "following orders", and blaming others for his crimes. This historic document reads in part: It is over. I heard the verdict last week: Guilty. I know the sentence already: Death. And for this, my fate, I feel nothing. Nothing at all...I confess a moral guilt...I was a part of the inferno. But I will never confess to being more than a loyal obeyor of orders in a state where all values had been reversed...It was the Great Ones - Hitler, Himmler, Heydrich - who turned their backs on the crying of the people...No, I do not want a clergyman...They cannot send me to Hell because I am in Hell...I'm longing to be dead - the quicker the better...". Eichmann describes his readiness to commit suicide should he have been recognized while in American custody, speculates that a friend betrayed him to Mossad, and says that he hopes that he may meet him before he hangs. He states that all that matters to him at this point are his memoirs and his family. Ironically, he discusses the fact that his own children would never undertake a task without wondering if he would have asked them to do so. He writes: "I like that. I am proud when they ask for my orders. That is the result of my care for them...I am only sorry that I cannot finish the job...I like it that this son of mine hides his feeling for his father...I wish, without hypocrisy, to apologise to the Jewish people for what they suffered in the years of the last Reich...". Rusty staple marks, else very good to fine. From the files of Robert Servatius, Eichmann's defense attorney who also defended Fritz Sauckel, Karl Brandt and Paul Pleiger at Nuremberg.

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ENOLA GAY

Lot 32: ENOLA GAY

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Description: ENOLA GAY First day postal cover honoring Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Norfolk, Jan. 26, 1971, signed by five crewmembers of the Enola Gay - the B-29 which delivered the atomic bomb over Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. Those signing include Pilot PAUL TIBBETS, THEODORE VAN KIRK, THOMAS J. FEREBEE, JACOB BESER and GEORGE R. CARON. Very good.

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PAUL TIBBETS

Lot 33: PAUL TIBBETS

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Description: PAUL TIBBETS (d. 2008) American bomber pilot of the Enola Gay which delivered the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, August 6, 1945. Two commemorative covers, one honoring the "peaceful uses of atomic energy", one honoring Douglas MacArthur, each nicely signed.

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FRIEDRICH AUGUST FREIHERR VON DER HEYDTE

Lot 34: FRIEDRICH AUGUST FREIHERR VON DER HEYDTE

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Description: FRIEDRICH AUGUST FREIHERR VON DER HEYDTE (1907 - 1994) Luftwaffe officer who served with the Fallschirmjäger during World War II, reaching the rank of Oberstleutnant. a fierce fighter, he was heavily engaged at Crete, in the defense of the Carentan, and during the battle of the Bulge. Lot of two S.P.s, each 6" x 3 1/2" b/w, printed portraits in uniform boldly signed in blue ink on the mounts. Fine.

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FRITZ FESSMANN - Current Bid: $140.00

Lot 35: FRITZ FESSMANN - Current Bid: $140.00

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Description: FRITZ FESSMANN (1913 - 1944) German major, a Panzer tank officer awarded the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves, awarded his Swords after being killed in action when a Russian shell exploded nearby, hurling him against another vehicle. Rare S.P. 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" b/w, a Hoffmann photo postcard signed at bottom. Fine.

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KARL FIEHLER - Current Bid: $260.00

Lot 36: KARL FIEHLER - Current Bid: $260.00

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Description: KARL FIEHLER (1895 - 1969) German politician, Lord Mayor of Munich from 1933 until 1945 and one of the first to enforce anti-Semitic racial laws against the Jews. T.L.S. 1p. large 4to., Munich, Mar. 19, 1938 sending confirmation that he had ordered the production of sound recordings of the festivities surrounding the incorporation of three towns into greater Munich.

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FRIEDRICH KARL FLORIAN - Current Bid: $180.00

Lot 37: FRIEDRICH KARL FLORIAN - Current Bid: $180.00

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Description: FRIEDRICH KARL FLORIAN (1894 - 1975) Gauleiter of Dusseldorf in Nazi Germany from 1930 until seven days after Adolf Hitler's death. T.L.S., 4to.,1p., Dusseldorf, Nov. 11, 1940, thanking Dr. Wilhelm Ziegelmayer, senior government official for army nutrition, for sending him an article regarding modern army rationing. Very good.

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Lot 38: "PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION..."

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Description: "PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION..." HOWELL M. FORGY (1908 - 1972) American naval officer and chaplain aboard the USS NEW ORLEANS at Pearl harbor during the Japanese attack. Forgy is remembered for repeatedly boosting sailors' morale by urging them to "Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition". That phrase was later used in a wildly popular song. Rare war-date signature, Jan. 28, 1943, penned in the return address area of an envelope sent by him from the NEW ORLEANS. Very good.

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HANS FRANK - Current Bid: $160.00

Lot 39: HANS FRANK - Current Bid: $160.00

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Description: HANS FRANK (1900 - 1946) Nazi occupational Governor of Poland partly responsible for the genocide perpetrated there. Fine content early T.L.S. on his letterhead, 1p. 4to., Munich, Jan. 18, 1928 to Philipp Bouhler. Frank discusses the charges of "blasphemy" that had been leveled against party ideologue Alfred Rosenberg and Arthur Dinter and lays out his plan to have them cleared. Very good. Philipp Bouhler (1889-1945) was a Nazi war criminal who supervised Hitler's euthanasia program which ordered the "mercy killings" of thousands of retarded, deformed and mentally ill Germans. With his wife he committed suicide as Americans closed in .

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MITSUO FUCHIDA

Lot 40: MITSUO FUCHIDA

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Description: MITSUO FUCHIDA (1902 - 1976) Japanese naval air officer who commanded and personally led the first wave of the attack on Pearl Harbor; he also helped develop the disastrous attack on Midway. A.L.S. 1p. 4to., Kashihara-Shi, Japan, Aug. 11, 1974 to a woman apologizing for a long delay in response, noting "I have been suffering for these long years from the most dangerous illness called 'Coronary Theombosis' which almost 70% of the patients would be died [sic] by the heart attack. However, the Lord's mercy has healed me now and I am getting well again miraculously..." Light creasing, else very good to fine condition.

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MITSUO FUCHIDA - Current Bid: $50.00

Lot 41: MITSUO FUCHIDA - Current Bid: $50.00

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Description: MITSUO FUCHIDA (1902 - 1976) Japanese naval air officer who commanded and personally led the first wave of the attack on Pearl Harbor; he also helped develop the disastrous attack on Midway. Bold signature and his return address penned on the face of an envelope sent to a New Hampshire lady. Fine.

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FRANCIS S. GABRESKI - Current Bid: $50.00

Lot 42: FRANCIS S. GABRESKI - Current Bid: $50.00

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Description: FRANCIS S. GABRESKI (1919 - 2002) "Gabby", the top American fighter ace in Europe during World War II, a jet fighter ace in Korea, and a career officer in the Air Force. Rare war-date signature and rank on a small slip: "Lt. Col. F. S. Gabreski 56th Fighter Group". Mounted, tape remnant touches rank, else very good.

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RICHARD GALE

Lot 43: RICHARD GALE

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Description: RICHARD GALE (1896 - 1982) British general who served in both world wars. In World War II he served with 1st Parachute Brigade and then the 6th Airborne Division during the invasion of Normandy and Operation Tonga, the taking of Pegasus Bridge. Lot of two signed items, includes an S.P. 3 1/2" x 6" overall, printed candid portrait signed on the mount, with an A.L.S., 2pp. 8vo., London, Jan. 10, 1966 sending the photo and advising that other addresses which his correspondent seeks will be sent via the Airborne Forces Security Fund. Very good.

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ADOLF GALLAND

Lot 44: ADOLF GALLAND

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Description: ADOLF GALLAND (1911 - 1994) German fighter ace of World War II and general of fighters. Lot of two signed photos (one inscribed), each about 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" b/w, poses in uniform signed in black marker. Very good.

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ADOLF GALLAND

Lot 45: ADOLF GALLAND

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Description: ADOLF GALLAND (1911 - 1994) German fighter ace of World War II and general of fighters. Fine S.P., 13 1/2" x 17 1/2" b/w, a lithograph of the gallant pilot showing him half-length in uniform with his Messerchmitt above and unit crest beneath, limited edition no. 159/500, signed by Galland and artist Donna J. Neary. Matted and framed, very good.

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JOSEPH GOEBBELS - Current Bid: $750.00

Lot 46: JOSEPH GOEBBELS - Current Bid: $750.00

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Description: JOSEPH GOEBBELS (1897-1945) Nazi Minister of Propaganda with Hitler from the earliest days, a master of manipulation of the masses who took his life and those of his family members in the last days of the war. Fine association I.S.P., 10 3/4" x 15" matted to 14 1/2" x 19 1/4", a fine three-quarter length seated pose of the Minister of Propaganda by noted photographers Sandau, boldly inscribed on the mount at bottom: "Hauptsturmfuhrer Gunther Schwagermann in grateful recognition of his steadfast loyal service". Nicely signed, dated Berlin, June 12, 1944. A few spots and trivial stains, more so to the mount which is slightly worn at bottom, a 1/2" tear at the margin of the photo and slight silvering but nevertheless a rare, oversize photo with lengthy inscription. GUNTHER SCHWAGERMANN (b. 1915) served as Goebbels adjutant from 1940, on. He personally escorted Magda Goebbels and her children to the Führerbunker, and assisted with burning the bodies after the suicides of Goebbels and his wife. In fact, Schwagerman may have ordered an SS man to finish-off Goebbels when the latter botched his suicide attempt.

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GORDON GOLLUB

Lot 47: GORDON GOLLUB

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Description: GORDON GOLLUB (1912 - 1987) German Luftwaffe ace, rose to the position of General der Jagdflieger, one of only 27 to receive the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds. T.L.S. on his personal letterhead, 1p. 8vo., Sulingen, Feb. 11, 1977 in German, concerns a photograph. Very good.

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RODOLFO GRAZIANI

Lot 48: RODOLFO GRAZIANI

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Description: RODOLFO GRAZIANI (1882 - 1955) Italian army officer, commander in chief of the General staff, and led military expeditions in Africa before and during World War II. Graziani indiscriminately killed over 30,000 Ethiopians, including monks, and at war's end remained loyal to Mussolini. Important pair of two manuscript documents in his hand, prepared by him for use in his 1945 trial in Italy for cooperating with the Nazis: 1.) A.Ms., 4pp. 4to., the text of his telegram to German Field Marshal Wilhelm Kietel, military content mentioning troop strengths and Hitler, and; 2.) A.Ms. 11pp. 4to., his memoir on the battle strategies of the Armata Ligure in which Graziani insists that the "defensive" orientation of his army was in order to counter potential attacks by the Free French, British and American invaders. Sold with four period photos of the general. Very good.

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ANDREI GRECHKO

Lot 49: ANDREI GRECHKO

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Description: ANDREI GRECHKO (1903 - 1976) Marshal of the Soviet Union, led the 5th Cavalry Corps in the defense of the Ukraine, later led the 12th Army, 47th Army, 18th Army, and 56th Army, all part of the North Caucasus Front. In 1943 , he was made the commander of the 1st Guards Army. An ornate, gold-embossed May Day card featuring images of Lenin and the Kremlin, boldly signed within. Very good.

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ROBERT RITTER VON GREIM

Lot 50: ROBERT RITTER VON GREIM

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Description: ROBERT RITTER VON GREIM (1892 - 1945) German Field Marshal and last head of the Luftwaffe, a Knights Cross winner involved in the invasion of Poland, the Battle for Norway, the Battle of Britain and Operation Barbarossa. His final words before taking cyanide were: "I am the head of the Luftwaffe, but I have no Luftwaffe". Fine association typed D.S. on German Aviation Co. Ltd. letterhead, 2pp. 4to. Wurzburg, Mar. 22, 1928 harshly criticizing trainee pilot Carl Vieck - - who would later become a superb military aviator and would command Jagdfliegerführer Luftflotte 2. In part: "...He did not set course immediately for Wurzburg...allegedly to get in flying hours and gain experience...Herr Vieck declared that he had to make a forced landing owing to an engine defect...[he] did not switch off the engine, but called two workmen...and asked for information on where he was...If Herr Vieck had had an engine failure...he would have felt obliged...to leave the aircraft...and to investigate and cure the engine trouble...a case of inexcusable negligence...I am compelled to declare him deficient...in the maturity of character and in the reliability which one has to expect from a pilot...". Marginal tears and wear, two files holes, but no loss of text and boldly signed. With translation.

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WILLIAM F. HALSEY - Current Bid: $50.00

Lot 52: WILLIAM F. HALSEY - Current Bid: $50.00

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Description: WILLIAM F. HALSEY (1882-1959) American admiral who led the task force attack on the Marshall and Gilbert islands and became commander of Allied naval forces in South Pacific commanding at the Solomon Islands and Leyte Gulf. His autobiography (with J. Bryan, III), Admiral Halsey's Story, (New York/London: McGraw-Hill, 1947) xvii, 310 pp., bound in blue cloth boards and gilt-titled spine, boldly signed on the half-title page. Boards and spine rubbed at edges, housed in original (but tattered) dustjacket. Overall very good.

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