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Auction Description for Alexander Autographs: Winter 2017 Militaria Auction - Day 1

Winter 2017 Militaria Auction - Day 1 (690 Lots)

by Alexander Historical Auctions | Alexander Autographs


690 lots | 688 with images

February 18, 2017

Live Auction

Chesapeake City, MD, USA

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DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER AND DOUGLAS MACARTHUR - Current Bid: $7,500.00

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Description: DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER AND DOUGLAS MACARTHUR A likely unique photograph signed by the two military leaders who were arguably the most important generals of the last century, DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER and DOUGLAS MACARTHUR. The two men were the de facto supreme Allied leaders in their respective theaters, with Eisenhower serving as Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe, and MacArthur as Supreme Commander, Southwest Pacific Area. The 10" x 7 1/2" b/w image shows the two in the rear seat of a car, Eisenhower in an "Ike" jacket and smiling broadly, MacArthur in a trenchcoat and more serious, with happy soldiers looking into the vehicle''s windows. The photo, taken during a post-war visit by Eisenhower to Tokyo, bears the backstamp of MacArthur''s personal photographer, Tom L. Shafer. The image bears negligible losses at its upper corners and a miniscule chip at top margin, but is otherwise in very good condition, set atop a mount and into a wood frame with photographer''s credit visible through a window on verso. This same piece sold two times at auction years ago, for $19,000 and $34,000.

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GEORGE S. PATTON

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Description: GEORGE S. PATTON (1885 - 1945) "Old Blood and Guts" was one of the finest tank commanders in history, rolling his forces through Tunisia, Sicily, France and Germany until halted at the Rhine. Fine association I.S.P., 7 1/4" x 9" (sight) b/w, a full-length view of Patton and Assistant to President Roosevelt and future Secretary of State JAMES F. BYRNES (1882-1972), both in uniform in Metz, France, sometime in October 1944. Inscribed: "To Hon. James F. Byrnes from G S Patton Jr." Also present is a copy of the book "Speaking Frankly", by James F. Byrnes (New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers), 1947, 324pp. 8vo., describing his experiences as an advisor to Roosevelt at the peace conferences at Potsdam and Yalta, as well as his post-war experiences as Secretary of State. The photo bears some minor surface creases, with the inscription and signature a tad light, else very good.

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ADOLF HITLER - Current Bid: $1,300.00

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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. Excellent S.P., 3 5/8" x 5 1/2" b/w, a chest, up view of Hitler ca. 1933 showing him staring intently at the camera, boldly signed in the white bottom margin. Fine. Taken from the pre-war photograph album of SS-Gruppenfuhrer Erick Brack, found elsewhere in this sale. ERIK BRACK (b. 1906) was the brother of infamous SS-Oberfuhrer VIKTOR BRACK (1904-1948), the organiser of the Euthanasia program T4 where the Nazi state systematically murdered over 70,000 disabled Germans and Austrians. Brack also conferred with Odilo Globocnik about the practical implementation of the Final Solution.

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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. S.P., 4" x 6" b/w, an early real-photo postcard, depicting Hitler in profile in a circular field, signed beneath the image in black ink. Very good. Also present are: the same photo as the above, mounted on a 6 1/2" square backing, with the original transmittal envelope; five real-photo postcards of various views of Hitler; three additional real-photo postcards, depicting the Do-X flying boat, the cruiser LEIPZIG, and a "Schnellboot"; and an award certificate for the Honor Cross of the World War, granted to the wife of a veteran, with a reproduction of the accompanying medal. Twelve pieces.

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ADOLF HITLER - Current Bid: $2,250.00

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Description: ADOLF HITLER A most unusual and important manuscript D.S., 2pp. large 4to., Berlin, October 2, 1936, being the promotion wrought entirely in calligraphy of Major GOTTLOB MULLER to serve as Oberstleutnant in the Luftwaffe, effective the same day. The document is boldly signed by Hitler at conclusion, and is also signed by HERMANN GORING at lower-right and by WERNER VON BLOMBERG at lower-left. Sold with a 3" x 4" photo of Muller with two other officers, all in uniform. Fine condition. This is the first such use of this form for a promotion that we have encountered. General GOTTLOB MULLER (1895-1945) served with distinction in both world wars. After serving in North Africa commanding Luftgau-Stab z.b.V. Afrika, he was later promoted to the rank of general in the Luftwaffe and awarded the Knight''s Cross. Muller was killed during the Battle of Berlin, in the fighting for the crucial Gatow airfield.

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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. Rare signed postcard, a 6" x 4" color reproduction of artist Richard Spitz''s painting "The Third Reich" which was displayed in the Braun Haus in Munich. The image shows an SS man assaulting an SA member in the foreground, as masses of loyal sa members and civilians hail a sun in the image of a swastike with clouds reminiscent of struggling human figures surrounding it. Hitler has added his black ink signature at upper-right. On the verso, the card is headed: "My Comrades!", adds expressions of loyalty for "War Year 1933" and "Sieg Heil", and is signed by SS Gruppenfuhrer Erick Brack and one other man. Taken from the pre-war photograph album owned by Brack and offered elsewhere in this sale. ERIK BRACK (b. 1906) was the brother of infamous SS-Oberfuhrer VIKTOR BRACK (1904-1948), the organiser of the Euthanasia program T4 where the Nazi state systematically murdered over 70,000 disabled Germans and Austrians. Brack also conferred with Odilo Globocnik about the practical implementation of the Final Solution. Fine condition.

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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. HIMMLER GATHERS SLAVE LABOR FOR FRITZ SAUCKEL Highly-important initialed retained copy of a T.L.S. "H H" in typical green indelible pencil, 1p. large 4to., "Field Headquarters", Dec. 12, 1942 to FRITZ SAUCKEL (1894-1946), Gauleiter of Thuringia and the General Plenipotentiary for Labor Deployment. In small part: "...In the part of France which has not been occupied until now, there are 3-400 000 Spanish republicans and 5-600 000 anti-Nazi Italians, with the exception of a limited number of leading truly dangerous communist minds, who would be suitable for labor...I want to draw your attention to this possibility of obtaining a considerable number of workers. Furthermore, there are 80 000 Poles from whom we can also recruit...I have instructed Higher-SS and Police Leader of France, SS-Braigadefuhrer Oberg, to support your people by every means whatsoever to obtain those workers..." At the top, Himmler writes "Wolff", forwarding the letter to KARL WOLFF (1906-1975), Colonel-general in the Waffen-SS and liason officer for Himmler with Hitler. File holes an a spot at left margin, else near fine. These potential laborers, political and military enemies who fled occupied Poland and fascist Spain and Italy, were undoubtedly used a slave laborers by Sauckel who desperaely needed bodies to replace manpower lost to conscription. Indeed, Sauckel''s desperate need for replacement labor led to to the French "Law of 4 September 1942" required all able-bodied men aged 18 to 50 and single women aged 21 to 35 to "be subject to do any work that the Government deems necessary." On Jan. 1, 1943 Sauckel ordered, in addition to the 240,000 French workers already in Germany, a further quota of 250,000 men to be dispatched by mid-March.

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HEINRICH HIMMLER DOCUMENT GROUPING OF HANS KEMPIN

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Description: HEINRICH HIMMLER DOCUMENT GROUPING OF HANS KEMPIN HANS KEMPIN (1913 - 1992) Waffen-SS combat and training officer who served in the SS-Standarte Deutschland, SS-Regiment Der Führer and later commanded the 547. Volksgrenadier-Division, 38. SS-Grenadierdivision Nibelungen, 32.SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Division 30.Januar, and the Waffen-SS Unterführerschule in Laibach. He held more senior commands, including two divisions and two training schools, than any other SS officer school graduate. Important grouping of five documents pertaining to Kempin''s career in the SS, includes: HEINRICH HIMMLER, D.S. on "Der Reichsfuhrer-SS" letterhead, 1p. 4to., "Fuhrerheadquarters", Oct. 13, 1941, the promotion of Kempin to the rank of SS-Sturmbannfuhrer in the Waffen-SS; AUGUST HEISSMEYER (1897-1979) General of the SS and Inspector of Concentration Camps, jailed as a war criminal, his April 30, 1936 promotion of Kempin to the rank of SS-Obersturmbannfuhrer (stamped signature) along with May 20, 1935 promotion of Kempin to the rank of SS-Untersturmfuhrer, hand-signed, both on letterhead of the Reichsfuhrer-SS; a 1p. 24mo. handwritten acknowledgement that the bearer had been promoted to SS-Obersturmfuhrer, Apr.20,1936; WALTER SCHMIDT (1917-2000) Waffen-SS officer and recipient of the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves, promotion of Kempin to SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer on Der Reichsfuhrer-SS letterhead, Berlin, June 30, 1939; and a late 1987 A.L.S. in German penned on a greeting card to "Mr. Verges", very likely Jacques Verges, French lawyer who defended war criminals and militants, including Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy, Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie and international terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez a.k.a. "Carlos the Jackal".

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NUREMBERG TRIAL DEFENDANTS SIGNED

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Description: NUREMBERG TRIAL DEFENDANTS SIGNED "SHORT SNORTER" A special rarity, a Series 1935A $1.00 bill (or "short snorter") signed by fourteen of the major war crimes defendants while on trial at Nuremberg. The bill, still quite clean and fresh, has been signed in ink by HERMANN GOERING, ALFRED ROSENBERG, JULIUS STREICHER, HANS FRANK, BALDUR VON SCHIRACH, ERNST KALTENBRUNNER, WILHELM FRICK, ARTUR SEYSS-INQUART, KARL DONITZ, ALBERT SPEER, JOACHIM VON RIBBENTROP, ERICH RAEDER, and WALTHER FUNK. The bill was signed by the prisoners for American trials guard David Leo, and it is accompanied by a letter he sent to his sister from Nuremberg, 2pp. 8vo., May 6, 1946. In part: "...Speaking of the war trials, when mom sent me a wallet, she also sent me a dollar bill with it so I got a few autographs. It was a bad day because they all went to see they''re [sic] lawyers...some guys like Hess (the nut) won''t sign. When we ask him he smiles. They all say he''s nots...". With the original envelope and a photo showing Leo standing beside the dock holding the prisoners. The bill is framed with one side shown along with a (poor) color scan of the verso, along with Leo''s letter, an original photo of the jail at Nuremberg, and another photo of all the prisoners. A great relic with excellent provenance!

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NUREMBERG AND TOKYO TRIAL FIGURES - Current Bid: $240.00

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Description: NUREMBERG AND TOKYO TRIAL FIGURES Lot of five signed items, includes: ROBERT H. JACKSON (1892-1954) Supreme Court Associate Justice who also took on the role of chief U.S. prosecutor at the Nürnberg war crimes trials, signature on official Supreme Court engraved card; MICHAEL A. MUSMANNO, the judge who presided over the Einsatzgruppen Trials, a 1950 T.L.S. mentioning his book "Ten Days to Die"; BERNARD V. A. ROLLING, Tokyo War Crimes Judge, A.L.S. 1p. 4to., United nations, 1952, the tribunal; and HARTLY SHAWCROSS (1902-2003), lead British prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Crimes tribunal, signature on a U.N. postal cover, 1969 and a testy 1989 letter on his personal letterhead sending his autograph.

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ALFRED JODL - Current Bid: $750.00

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Description: ALFRED JODL (1890 - 1946) Hitler''s Chief of Operations who signed the act of military surrender, tried at Nuremburg for war crimes and executed. Important Nuremberg trial-related partly-printed D.S., 1p.legal folio, [Nuremburg, late 1945]. Jodl completes an Allied quationnaire which seeks to determine his Nazi party affiliations. He signes his name at the top of the form, adding his birthplace and date of birth, noting "Generaloberst" as his "Occupation" and "Chef d. Wehrmacht" as "Present position". He notes that he has been an "honorary member" of the Nazi Party since January 30, 1943 and denies having ever held any higher position in the civilian government. Fine condition, simply matted and framed.

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NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN - Current Bid: $500.00

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Description: NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN (1869-1940) British Prime Minister, best known for his appeasement of Hitler''s territorial expansion, embodied by the Munich Agreement of 1938. Good content T.L.S., 1p. 8vo., Basingstoke, Oct. 20, 1940, to Viscount Samuel, in full: "It was very kind of you to write to me and I appreciate very highly the fact that I retain your approval of my efforts to maintain peace. Though that proved to be impossible, it did give us breathing time and that may in the end make all the difference". Signed at the conclusion in black ink, adding an ink salutation. Professionally framed, very good. Chamberlain had been condemned by Britons since he had negotiated the ill-conceived Munich Pact which was soon followed by Hitler''s invasion of Poland…and war. Here, only a few weeks before his death, the much-maligned ex-prime minister attempts to salvage his legacy.

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ALFRED ROSENBERG

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Description: ALFRED ROSENBERG (1893 - 1946) Nazi leader considered the ideologist of Nazism, Reichsminister of the eastern territories, executed at Nuremburg. Fine association inscribed book, Rosenberg''s "Writings & Speeches", this volume compiling his: "Writings From the Years 1917-1921" (Munich: Hoheneichen-Verlag), 624pp. 8vo. Rosenberg''s early political thought, much of which surrounds the Jews, including: "Freemasons and Jewry", "The Jewish World Domination", "The Talmud", "Burning of the Talmud", etc. On the front flyleaf, Rosenberg inscribes the book to FRANZ XAVER SCHWARZ (1875-1947), National Treasurer of the Nazi Party: "Party Member F. X. Schwarz in old friendship Rosenberg 5.4.43" Covers and spine faded and worn, esp. at edges, top edge of spine chipped, contents are very good.

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RUDOLF HESS - Current Bid: $400.00

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Description: RUDOLF HESS (1894 - 1987) Nazi German Deputy Fuehrer and second in command after Goering, Hess was one of Hitler''s closest confidantes and friends. In an unauthorized peace mission, Hess flew a German fighter to England and surrenedered, purportedly attempting to ally Germany with Great Britain against Russia. His mission, of course, failed and Hess was imprisoned at Spandau where he was found hanged in 1987. Scarce S.P., 5" x 7" b/w, a chest, up bust portrait as Deputy Fuhrer, signed at bottom. Simply framed, near fine.

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HANS FRANK'S LEGAL DISSERTATION AND ADMITTANCE TO THE MUNICH BAR - Current Bid: $400.00

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Description: HANS FRANK''S LEGAL DISSERTATION AND ADMITTANCE TO THE MUNICH BAR HANS FRANK (1900–1946) German lawyer emplyed by the Nazi Party in the 1920s and 1930s, and later Hitler''s personal lawyer. After the invasion of Poland, Frank became Nazi Germany''s chief jurist in occupied Poland. During his tenure throughout the war, he terrorized civilians and was directly involved in the mass murder of Jews and Poles. Executed following the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials. Important pair of items directly related to Frank''s career as a lawyer. Included is a letter from the Bavarian Justice Department, 1p. large 4to., Munich, May 9, 1927 addressed to Frank in Munich admitting him as a lawyer to courts in Munich and surrounding districts. Folds and some toned spots. Also present is Frank''s legal dissertation with a signed presentation: ''Public Legal Body - A contribution to the teaching of the condition of the public entity. Inaugural Dissertation Faculty of Law, University of Kiel", 226 pp. legal folio, bound with string. Frank, at the time a civil service clerk in Munich, adds his birthday ''born Mai 23., 1900'' next to his name at center. At bottom he dedicates the work to his former teacher: ''My dear, loyal teacher Mr. Prof Franz Kucera in Prague in reverence and gratitude presented by his student Dr. Frank Munich August 18, 1924'' beside which he notes: "Test: August 8, 1924 Consultant; Prof Dr. [Walter] Jellinek Co-Consultants: Prof Dr. Pappenheim Prof Dr. Radbruch Prof Dr Beseler''. In 1935 Jellinek was ousted from his office by the Nazis on account of his Jewish ancestry. Last four or five pages damages with some loss due to old water damage, front page stained at right margin, with toned spots at bottom. Also included is a 6 1/2" x 8 3/4" b/w portrait and a damaged 7" x 9 1/2" b/w group photograph showing Frank with Arthur Seyss-Inquart.

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HANS FRANK WRITES TO HIS MISTRESS - Current Bid: $400.00

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Description: HANS FRANK WRITES TO HIS MISTRESS HANS FRANK (1900 - 1946) Nazi occupational Governor of Poland, partly responsible for the genocide perpetrated there. Fascinating content war-date A.L.S. "Hans", 4pp. 4to., Warsaw, Jan. 24, 1943, to his mistress, Lilly Groh, in part: "... Oh, my Lilly - to openly and freely confess to the whole world that I love you with all the man ''s power of my being and yours, as God has done it - is my heart'' s need ... Then I always see you before me: Always - and always. Your scent, your hair, your eyes ... everything is in front of my inner eye - and importantly, my thoughts always tell the dearest things of our community - I Without you, my Lilly - there is no life, no strength, no work for me ... In these heavy black days of our empire, I stand here on the embankment in the east, and see how magically the gray clouds of suffering and fighting are brewing upon me - God protect Germany! ..." Frank signs at the conclusion, "Ewig Dein Hans" (Forever Yours, Hans). The letter is executed on Frank''s stationery from the Generalgouvernor''s office in Poland. Folds, else very good. Personal letters from high ranking Third Reich figures - especially to their mistresses - are extraordinarily rare.

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JULIUS STREICHER INSCRIBES A BOOK TO HIS JEWISH PSYCHIATRIST

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Description: JULIUS STREICHER INSCRIBES A BOOK TO HIS JEWISH PSYCHIATRIST (1885 - 1946) Nazi journalist and politician, editor of "Der Sturmer" and virulent anti-Semite, executed at Nuremburg. An absolutely incredible association piece, an anti-Semitic book presented by Streicher to his Jewish-American Nuremberg court-appointed psychiatrist! The book, "Hofjuden" ("Court Jew"), was written by Peter Deeg (Nurnberg: Verlag Der Sturmer), 1938. 547pp. 8vo. in blue cloth with gilt title along with gold "Crown" and "Star of David" emblems on cover. The front flyleaf is boldly inscribed: "Mister Dr. Goldensohn In remembrance of our meeting at Nuremberg 1. April 1946 Julius Streicher". Cracked at gutters, with two library stamps indicating that Streicher had someone bring this "relevant" book to him specifically to gift, and to clearly mock, Dr. Goldensohn! Overall very good. Leon N. Goldensohn (1911-1961) was an American psychiatrist who monitored the mental health of the 21 defendants awaiting trial at Nuremberg in 1946. Goldensohn was the son of Jews who had emigrated from Lithuania. He spent more than six months visiting the prisoners nearly every day. including Streicher. "Hofjuden", for which Streicher wrote the foreword, examines the influence of Jews in European royal courts. The text also incorporates over fifty 50 photographs and a large fold-out chart which traces the lineage of the Rothschild and Goldschmidt families, showing their relationship to Jews in the employ of specific European royal families.

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SIGNED PHOTO FROM THE FIRST B-29 MISSION OVER TOKYO

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Description: SIGNED PHOTO FROM THE FIRST B-29 MISSION OVER TOKYO On Nov. 1, 1944 a reconnaissance flight over Tokyo was flown by "Tokyo Rose", a Superfortress B-29 bomber piloted by Capt. Ralph D. Steakley, who took over 700 photographs of the selected bomb sites in 35 minutes. On November 24, 111 B-29s, led by Gen. Emmett ''Rosie'' O''Donnell in "Dauntless Dotty", attacked the Nakajima Engine Works in the first b-29 mission to tokyo. Offered here is a historic declassified aerial photograph captioned: "1ST B-29 MISSION OVER TOKYO" signed by every crew member of the first B-29 over Tokyo, "Tokyo Rose". The 7 1/2" x 7 1/2" image (slightly trimmed) is signed on the face by the aircraft''s eleven crewmen, with the plane''s name, flight particulars, crew names, and signed June 25, 1945 declassification notice all hand-printed on the verso. Additionally, included is an original 5" x 4" photo of the aircraft and crew on the ground following an awards ceremony immediately after landing (photo has a clipped corner). Two pieces.

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ANTON KAINDL - Current Bid: $360.00

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Description: ANTON KAINDL (1902 - 1948) SS-Standartenführer and commandant of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp from 1942-1945. Convicted by the Soviets and sent to a gulag where he perished. Rare partly-printed D.S., 1p. oblong 8vo., Oranienburg, Jan. 30, 1943, a certificate releasing Horst Lehmann from "protective custody" at Sachsenhausen after slightly more than three months imprisonment, signed at bottom. Signature is blurred but completely legible.

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ARTUR PHLEPS - Current Bid: $360.00

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Description: ARTUR PHLEPS (1881 - 1944) Austro-Hungarian, Romanian and German SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS. Commander of SS-Regiment Westland and SS-Freiwilligen-Division "Prinz Eugen", undertook murderous reprisal actions in the Balkans, Serbia and Croatia. Pair of rare signed items, includes a T.L.S., 1p. oblong 8vo., [Headquarters], Dec. 19, 1943 to "Obersturmfuhrer Moosbacher". Phleps wishes his fellow SS man a speedy recovery from his severe injury, and extends holiday wishes. He also notes that he encloses a signed photo for the soldier''s son, as the young man had requested. Included is a 3 1/2" x 2" candid photo of Phleps in a hospital ward, which is also boldly signed by the general. Both pieces are very good to fine.

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JIMMY DOOLITTLE AND 27

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Description: JIMMY DOOLITTLE AND 27 "DOOLITTLE RAIDERS" A terrific multi-signed item, a vintage 10" x 14" American war bond poster, signed by JIMMY DOOLITTLE at lower-left late in life, also signed by 27 of his fellow flyers, later called "Doolittle Raiders", who accompanied him on their famous raid on Tokyo. Fine condition. This is the largest number of Dolittle Raider signatures we''ve seen on a single piece.

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HENRY H.

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Description: HENRY H. "HAP" ARNOLD (1886 - 1950) American general, commander of the Army Air Force through most of World War II, responsible for instituting the daylight bombing raids on Germany. War-date typed L.S. "H.H. Arnold", 1p. 8vo., Washington, March 29, 1943, to noted producer Hal B. Wallis. Arnold thanks Wallis for his congratulations on his promotion to full general in the United States Army. Signed at the conclusion in blue ink. Folds, else fine. HAL B. WALLIS (1898-1986) is best remembered for producing Casablanca (1942) and True Grit (1969), along with many other major films for Warner Bros. featuring such film stars as Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, and Errol Flynn.

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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. Fine content partly-printed D.S., 1p. 4to. [n.p., n.d.], in full: "I certify that I, Mitsuo Fuchida, led the aerial attack at Pearl Harbor on Sunday, December 7, 1941 at 7:49 A.M. I was a Commander in the Japanesse [sic] Naval Air Force. The order to attack came from Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. Our flight which originated in 6 Aircraft Carriers, consisted of 360 planes. We were Level Bomber section of the Akagi Squadron of the First Air fleet, the Japanesse [sic] Imperial Navy". Fuchida signs at the conclusion in blue ink, adding the rank of captain. This piece is especially enticing in that Fuchida also executes several elements of the statement in his own hand, including the time of the attack, Yamamoto''s name, the number of aircraft carriers and planes, and the name of his carrier. Folds, else very good.

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HUSBAND E. KIMMEL - Current Bid: $400.00

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Description: HUSBAND E. KIMMEL (1882-1968) American admiral and Commander of the Pacific Fleet when it was attacked by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor. Kimmel was consequently dismissed. He fought the charges for years, claiming that Roosevelt had prior knowledge of the attack. Fine content A.L.S. "H.E. Kimmel", 2pp. 4to., Bronxville, NY, Jan. 15, 1947, to Governor of Hawaii Joseph Poindexter. In part: "...I believe now there will be no further investigation of the Pearl Harbor disaster by the present congress. Congress is governed by public opinion and the public in general are tired of hearing about Pearl Harbor. I have just read an advance copy of a book to put on sale January 20. Pearl Harbor: The Story of the Secret War, by George Morgenstern ... I presume this book will soon be on sale in Honolulu and I advise you to get a copy. You will find it most interesting..." Kimmel signs at the conclusion in blue ink. Folds, else very good. Also present is the original transmittal envelope, on which Kimmel again executes his signature in the return address space. Poindexter was governor of Hawaii at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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WALTER C. SHORT - Current Bid: $200.00

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Description: WALTER C. SHORT (1880 - 1949) American general responsible for the air and ground defense of Pearl Harbor. After the Japanese attack, Short and Adm. Husband E. Kimmel were relieved of command and blamed for the debacle. However, an inquiry surmised that officials in both Washington and Hawaii were derelict. Scarce, fine content T.L.S., 1p. 4to., Dallas, Jan. 8, 1947, to Governor of Hawaii Joseph Poindexter. In part: "...I am not very hopeful of my case ever being completely straightened out. There has been too much time to cover up and politicians lose their interest as soon as public interest wanes. I suppose that statehood will be coming up strongly in the next two years and those of you who have the good of Hawaii at heart will have a hard time making yourselves heard by Congress..." Folds, else very good.

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'MEMPHIS BELLE

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Description: ''MEMPHIS BELLE" CREW SIGNED PHOTO S.P., 8" x 10" b/w, depicting the crew of the "Memphis Belle", one of the first B-17 bombers to complete 25 bombing missions against German targets, in front of their aircraft at National Airport in Washington, D.C. The photo is signed by all ten crew members, almost certainly during the war: ROBERT HANSON, HAROLD LOCH, VINCENT EVANS, CHARLES LEIGHTON, JAMES VERINIS, ROBERT MORGAN, CECIL SCOTT, CLARENCE WINCHELL, JOHN QUINLAN, and CASIMIR NASTAL. After their tour of duty, the crew of the "Memphis Belle" returned to the United States to participate in war bond drives. Several signatures are somewhat light, else very good. Also present is a contemporary typed caption for the photo, giving the location and listing the name, rank, hometown, and position of each crew member.

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DOUGLAS MACARTHUR - Current Bid: $1,000.00

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Description: DOUGLAS MACARTHUR (1880 - 1964) American general and Allied Supreme Commander in the Pacific in World War II, accepted the surrender of Japan and was later dismissed by Truman for advocating an invasion of China. Fine content T.L.S., 1p. 4to., New York, Dec. 30, 1957, to Col. Joe E. Davis, commandant of the School of Military Sciences at Texas A&M. In part: "... The Code of Honor has come down to us from even before the age of civilization. It embraces those things which are right as opposed to those things which are wrong. It separates courage from cowardice, truth from falsehood, integrity from deceit. Its practice marks man''s closest resemblance to his Creator. The highest ideal of the human race is embodied in the phrase, ''the soul of honor''. It is the foundation for all men-at-arms..." Signed at the conclusion in black ink. Folds, else very good. MacArthur placed great weight upon military honor, as evidenced in his "Duty. Honor. Country." speech delivered a few years later at West Point.

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JOSEPH STILWELL - Current Bid: $140.00

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Description: JOSEPH STILWELL (1883 - 1946) "Vinegar Joe", American Army general who commanded all American forces in the China-Burma-India theater in World War II; a brilliant tactician and combat leader. Good content war-dateT.L.S., 1p. 4to., Carmel, CA, Nov. 9, 1944, to Richard Geist. Stilwell sends Geist one of his China-Burma-India theater shoulder patches (not present), and explains the significance of each design element found on the patch. In part: "... The five pointed star is the star of India, while the twelve pointed star is the star of China. The shield represents the United States and was worn on the left shoulder of all American soldiers in the China Burma India Theatre of Operations..." Folds, paper clip marks at the left edge, else very good.

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ERWIN ROMMEL - Current Bid: $550.00

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Description: ERWIN ROMMEL (1891 - 1944) German field marshall whose Afrika Corps threw back repeated British and American assaults in North Africa, later he defended Normandy and ultimately was forced to commit suicide due to his implication in the Hitler bomb plot. War-date typed D.S. as commander of Panzergruppe Afrika, 2pp. 4to., [n.p.], an award of the War Merit Cross with Swords to a man in his command. Fine.

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JOSEF

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Description: JOSEF "SEPP" DIETRICH (1892 - 1966) German SS General, one of Nazi Germany''s most decorated soldiers. Prior to 1929 he was Hitler''s chauffeur and bodyguard but received rapid promotion after his participation in the Night of the Long Knives. Commanded 6th Panzer Army in the Battle of the Bulge. Sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for the execution of Amercian P.O.W.s during the offensive. Important, fine association D.S., on Reichsfuhrer-SS Personal Staff" letterhead, 6pp. 4to., Berlin, December, 1938. Dietrich writes an introduction for an portfolio prepared for Himmler upon his tenth anniversary as "Reichsfuhrer". "Ten years have gone by...back then there was a small, disconnected group of 250 men...today, a fighting group of 250,000 men obey you and are sworn to the Fuhrer in mind and body...the old comrades remember the time of the battles and being together with the Reichsfuhrer...it was your work that created a greater Germany...to allow us to forever live in greater security...Maybe it was fate that the two men [Hitler and Himmler] met on the day of November 9, 1923 [Beer Hall Putsch]...On a day like this, I met the fighter and the man that would create the troop that would walk a unique and difficult way - Heinrich Himmler...who would give life to the Schutzstaffel...recognized the necessity to unify all the men under one leadership..." Much more praise of Himmler and reminiscences follow in this important testament. Fine.

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HARRY TRUMAN - Current Bid: $300.00

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Description: HARRY TRUMAN (1884 - 1972) 33rd President of the United States who led the country in the closing days of World War II and through the rebuilding of Europe under the Marshall Plan and the Korean War. Rare typed D.S. "Harry Truman" as President, 1p. 4to.,on White House Letterhead., Washington, [n.d., c. April 1946] awarding a "CITATION FOR THE LEGION OF MERIT Degree of Legionnaire" unto "Guards Colonel Boris Ilitch Mutovin, Red Army, displayed exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services from 17 June to 1 October 1945 as head of the Political Section of the 116th Guards Infantry Division of the XXXIII Russian Guards Infantry Corps.">" Accompanied by Mutovin''s offical citation document, signed by Secretary of War, ROBERT P. PATTERSON, 1p. oblong folio, Washington, May 22, 1946. Together, two pieces in fine condition.

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MEDAL OF HONOR BOOK SIGNED BY 115 RECIPIENTS - Current Bid: $200.00

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Description: MEDAL OF HONOR BOOK SIGNED BY 115 RECIPIENTS An incredible memorial to America''s bravest soldiers, a book listing recipients of the Medal of Honor with their citations, signed by 115 of those who earned this country''s highest award for bravery. The book is "America''s Medal of Honor Recipients" (Golden Valley, Mn.: Highland Publishers), 1980. 1110pp. 8vo. in red boards with gilt title, with dust jacket. 115 Medal of Honor recipients from World War II to Vietnam have signed the book, at front, rear, and some at the text setting forth their citations. In fine condition. A superb and historic relic, a great gift for a veteran.

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KARL WOLFF

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Description: KARL WOLFF (1906-1975) Colonel-general in the Waffen-SS, liason officer for Himmler with Hitler, German military governor of Northern Italy. Fine content and association T.L.S. "Wolff", 1p. 4to., Berlin, Feb. 4, 1939, to SS-Gruppenfuhrer Schmitt. In full: "By order of the Reichsfuhrer-SS, I spoke today by telephone with the office of Gauleiter Burckel in Vienna to obtain permission for the following press release for the ''Wiener Blatter'': ''Effective February 1, 1939, SS-Oberfuhrer [Odilo] Globocnik was transferred from the SS-Oberabschnitt Donau to the personal staff of the Reichsfuhrer -SS to fulfill special duties.'' Per telex, the office of the Reichskommissars Gauleiter Burckel agreed to publish the press release, which was immediately forwarded to the press office of the Reichsfuhrer-SS. I ask you to please issue the transfer papers. In agreement with the Reichsfuhrer-SS, SS-Oberfuhrer Globocnik will take 3-4 weeks of vacation, after which he will report to me." ODILO GLOBOCNIK (1904-1945) was one of the primary architects of the extermination of Jews in Poland and Italy. This letter refers to his removal as Gauleiter of Vienna after it was discovered that he had embezzled money from the party. Folds, file holes at the left margin, else very good. Also present are two color photos of Wolff later in life.

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ADOLF GALLAND - Current Bid: $50.00

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Description: ADOLF GALLAND (1911 - 1994) German fighter ace of World War II and general of fighters. War-date signed postcard photo of an FW-190 in flight, boldly signed across the face of the image. Addressed and postmarked Apr. 14, 1943 on the verso. Crease at lower left corner, else very good.

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ADOLF GALLAND - Current Bid: $40.00

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Description: ADOLF GALLAND (1912-1996) German Luftwaffe general and flying ace who served throughout the Second World War in Europe. On four occasions, he survived being shot down, and he was credited with 104 aerial victories against the Western allies. S.P. 8"x 10"b/w, a chest up view of Galland in uniform, signed at bottom in silver ink. Fine.

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ADOLF HEUSINGER

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Description: ADOLF HEUSINGER (1887-1982) German chief of operations of the Army High Command. Stood to the right of Hitler during the unsuccessful attempt on his life in 1944. Later became armed forces chairman for NATO. T.L.S. in English, 1p. 4to., Washington, April 16, 1963, to Dr. Charles B. Burdick. Heusinger answers an inquiry from Burdick on "Operation Felix", a proposed German invasion of Gibraltar, in part: "...concerning the ''Unternehmung Felix'' I very much regret not to be in a position to give you the requested information on the operation plans of the Brandenburg Regiment. This Regiment was not subordinate to the Supreme Command of the Army (OKH) but to the Supreme Command of the Wehrmacht (OKW)..." He further recommends that Burdick contact General Walter Warlimont, who may have more detailed information. Signed at the conclusion in black ink. Very good.

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ADOLF HEUSINGER

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Description: ADOLF HEUSINGER (1887-1982) German chief of operations of the Army High Command. Stood to the right of Hitler during the unsuccessful attempt on his life in 1944. Later became armed forces chairman for NATO. T.L.S. in English, 1p. 4to., Washington, Nov. 5, 1963, to Dr. Charles B. Burdick. Heusinger responds to Burdick''s inquiries regarding German plans to attack Gibraltar, in part: "...I do not recall that there was any consideration of an internal explosion in Gibraltar and I never heard of this before. - Furthermore, I do not know who served in General [Erwin von] Lahousen''s office..."Signed at the conclusion in blue ink. Folds, staple at the upper left corner, else very good.

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ADOLF HEUSINGER

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Description: ADOLF HEUSINGER (1887-1982) German chief of operations of the Army High Command. Stood to the right of Hitler during the unsuccessful attempt on his life in 1944. Later became armed forces chairman for NATO. T.L.S., 1p. 4to., Cologne, April 13, 1965, to Dr. Charles B. Burdick. Heusinger apologizes for being unable to meet Burdick on a previously arranged date, as he will be in Greece at the time. He hopes that Burdick will have time to visit him after he returns. Signed boldly at the conclusion in blue ink. Folds, else very good.

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ADOLF HITLER - Current Bid: $1,000.00

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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. Important, late war typed D.S., 1p.legal folio, "Fuhrerheadquarters", Jan. 29, 1945, in which Hitler changes the commands of three of his most influential generals. He orders that KURT STUDENT (1890-1978), general of paratroopers who directed the invasion of Crete, is to assume leadership of Army Group H, at the pleasure of Hermann Goring. JOHANNES BLASKOWITZ, (1883-1948), a senior Wermacht general who opposed the excesses of the SS against the Jews, is to become Oberbefehlshaber of Army Group H, relinquishing command of Army Group G. Finally, PAUL HAUSSER (1880-1972), major general of the Waffen-SS and one of its most eminent leaders, is to surrender command of Army Group "Oberrhein" to take command of Army Group G. Co-signed by WILHELM BURGDORF (1895-1945), general and Hitler''s chief adjutant. Fine condition, matted with a photo of Hitler, double-matted and set into a gilt frame. With the original document folder. Ex: Kenneth Rendell Galleries.

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ADOLF HITLER - Current Bid: $1,700.00

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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. Fine association partly-printed D.S., 1p. sm. folio, Berlin,. Mar. 1, 1935. Hitler appoints Oberstleutnant KURT VON TIPPELSKIRCH to the rank of oberst. Co-signed at the bottom by WERNER VON BLOMBERG (1878-1946), Minister of Defense and Supreme Commander of the German Armies early in Hitler''s regime, resigned following accusations that he had married a prostitute. KURT VON TIPPELSKIRCH (1891-1957) would eventually be promoted to the rank of general in the Wehrmacht, commanding several armies and Army Group Vistula. He would be awarded the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves prior to his surrender to U.S. forces on May 2, 1945.

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ADOLF HITLER - Current Bid: $1,100.00

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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. Partly-printed D.S., 1p. sm. folio, Berlin, Oct. 2, 1936, being the promotion of Hauptmann Rudolph Sonning to the rank of Major of the military district command of Bath Kissingen. Co-signed by WERNER VON BLOMBERG (1878-1946) Minister of Defense and Supreme Commander of the German Armies early in Hitler''s regime who resigned following accusations that he had married a prostitute. Very good. The document is brilliantly presented, matted in black cloth with silver wood trim, with a photo of the dictator and brass biographical plaque, all set into a matching antiqued silver wood frame.

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ADOLF HITLER - Current Bid: $1,100.00

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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. Partly-printed D.S., 1p. large 4to., Berlin, Mar. 11, 1936, an order to Hauptmann Walter Orschiedt to no longer carry his rank nor wear his uniform, per Wehrmacht regulations enacted in 1935. Fine.

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ALBERT KESSELRING - Current Bid: $80.00

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Description: ALBERT KESSELRING (1885-1960) German Field Marshall General of the Luftwaffe, recipient of the Knight''s Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds. Printed D.S., 1p. 8vo., "Headquarters", Aug. 1, 1943, an award certificate for the Iron Cross, Second Class awarded to Heinz Schewe, signed at the bottom by Kesselring in black ink. Folds, else very good.

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ALBERT KESSELRING - Current Bid: $50.00

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Description: ALBERT KESSELRING (1885 - 1960) Field Marshal in the Luftwaffe and at Nuremberg was tried for war crimes. Death sentence commuted due to ill health. Carbon T.L.S. 1p. large 4to. [n.p., n.d.], approves the recommendation of the award of the German Cross in Silver to Friedrich Gerhard Wolf in Padua. File holes at left, some toning, else very good.

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ALBERT SPEER AND KARL DONITZ

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Description: ALBERT SPEER AND KARL DONITZ Scarce signed photo, 7" x 4 3/4" b/w, shows Minister of Production and Armaments ALBERT SPEER and Grossadmiral KARL DONITZ standing side by side in an outdoor setting, signed by both beneath their respective images, ca. 1976. Fine.

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ALBERT SPEER

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Description: ALBERT SPEER (1905-1981) Nazi German architect and Minister of Armaments and War Production, convicted of war crimes at Nuremberg. T.L.S. "Speer", 1p. 8vo., Heidelberg, March 30, 1969, to Dave Staton. Speer thanks Staton for sharing information regarding prefabricated house manufactured by General Electric. He also responds to Staton''s request for some sketches, in part: "...Right now I do not have the sketches available, as they are with my publisher. It will be around June-July before they come back to me. Even then, I would give you such a gift only if you can tell me something about yourself. Because I do not want such a sketch to fall into the hands of right-wing extremists. I hope you understand my concerns. Otherwise, how do I know who I''m dealing with..." Signed at the conclusion in blue ink. Folds, else very good. Includes the original transmittal envelope.

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ALBERT SPEER - Current Bid: $90.00

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Description: ALBERT SPEER (1905-1981) Nazi German architect and Minister of Armaments and War Production, convicted of war crimes at Nuremburg. His memoir: "Inside the Third Reich" (New York: The MacMillan Co.), 1970. First edition, 706pp. 8vo., with dust jacket. Inscribed and signed on the title page. Fine.

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ALBERT SPEER

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Description: ALBERT SPEER (1905-1981) Nazi German architect and Minister of Armaments and War Production, convicted of war crimes at Nuremburg. Christmas card, 5 3/4" x 3 3/4" (closed), presumably shows Speer''s snow-covered home on the front, a German greeting within signed by Speer who also signs his wife''s name.

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ALBERT SPEER

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Description: ALBERT SPEER (1905-1981) Nazi German architect and Minister of Armaments and War Production, convicted of war crimes at Nuremburg. T.L.S. on his letterhead, 1p. 8vo., Heidelberg, May 2, 1977 to rock star RICHARD MANZI. Speer advises Manzi that he has no knowledge of an "S.S. General Knoblauch" and asks for copies of manuscripts Manzi has from Robert Ley and Fritz Sauckel which my be helpful to him. Fine.

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ALEXANDER VON HARTMANN - Current Bid: $140.00

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Description: ALEXANDER VON HARTMANN (1890-1943) German Wehrmacht general and recipient of the Knight''s Cross, commander of the 71st infantry Division. Killed at Stalingrad, while on the front lines with his troops. I.S.P., 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" b/w, a chest-up view of von Hartmann, mounted on a 5 1/4" x 7 1/4" mat. Inscribed in green ink on the mat and dated "16/17 Mai 1941". Some surface abrasion to the mat, else very good.

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