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Omar N. Bradley sends a rare autograph letter from aboard a US Army Transport nearing the coast of England, where he would take command of the 82nd Infantry Division
Autograph Letter Signed: "Omar", 2p, front and verso, 6x8¼. Aboard U.S.A.T., [1942] August 24. To Col. and Mrs. Arthur Purvis, Adjutant General's Dept., War Dept., Washington. In part: "We have been having a fine trip, nice weather and a very smooth ride. We are now off the coast of England but cannot see land as it is hazy and we are a considerable distance out from S.W. England. We will pass Dover early tomorrow morning and dock Tue. AM...There are something like 75 kids under 6 yrs aboard so a lot of mothers have been very busy. We are looking forward more than ever to seeing the kids now that we are only a couple of days out...." Fine condition. From June 1942 to January 1943, Major General Bradley commanded the 28th Infantry Division at Camp Livingston, Louisiana. When he wrote this letter Bradley, recently promoted to the temporary rank of major general, was preparing to take command of the 82nd Infantry Division, one of the first US Army units to arrive in embattled Britain after US entry into World War II. In June, he would take command of the 28th Division. In 1943, he would become General George Patton's deputy as commander of II Corps in North Africa, succeed Patton as corps commander during the campaign in Sicily, and then return to England. In 1944 he would command the US 1st Army during the D-Day operation. In August of 1944, he became the Commander of the 12th Army Group, the largest force ever commanded on the field. Bradley served as the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1949 to 1953, being promoted to Five-Star General of the Army in 1950. Lacking the arrogance and ostentation of some other generals, Bradley became known as "the soldier's general." With original postmarked envelope addressed by Bradley. Lightly soiled and creased. Two items.

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Born: February 12, 1893 in Clark, Missouri
Died: April 8, 1981 in New York City, New York

Film Credits
2006 War Stories with Oliver North (Other), 2001 War Crimes and Trials (Other), 1999 D-Day: The Color Footage (Other), 1998 When Trumpets Fade (Other), 1998 Cold War (Other), 1998 America's Five Star Heroes: Gods of War (Other), 1997 Patton: A Tribute to Franklin J. Schaffner (Other), 1995 The Last Days of World War II (Other), 1994-1996 Biography (Other), 1994 George Stevens: D-Day to Berlin (Other), 1994 D-Day, 6th June 1944: The Official Story (Other), 1977 A Bridge Too Far (Other), 1971 This Is Your Life (in person), 1970 Patton (Writer), 1970 Patton (Other), 1966 The Merv Griffin Show (in person), 1962 The DuPont Show of the Week (Other), 1962 Biography (in person), 1961 Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years (in person), 1955 The Ed Sullivan Show (in person), 1953 Never Wave at a WAC (Performer), 1950 Mid Century: Half Way to Where (in person), 1944 Tunisian Victory (Other)

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