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OMAR BRADLEY, JACOB DEVERS and GÜNTHER BLUMENTRITT. Typescript signed: "Omar N. Bradley/August 25 1965", "Jacob L Devers/Sept. 2 1965" and "Günther Blumentritt/General (Ret)/11.10.1965", 1p, 8½x11.

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OMAR BRADLEY, JACOB DEVERS and GÜNTHER BLUMENTRITT. Typescript signed: "Omar N. Bradley/August 25 1965", "Jacob L Devers/Sept. 2 1965" and "Günther Blumentritt/General (Ret)/11.10.1965", 1p, 8½x11. Titled "Orders by the Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Force Relating to Army and Air Forces under German Control" and originally dated 1945 May 7, from Supreme Headquarters, Rheims, France, the order calls on German forces on the Western Front to hold themselves in readiness for detailed orders concerning their surrender. The order, which would have originated with AEF Supreme Commander Dwight Eisenhower, had originally been signed by General Walter B. Smith. A corps commander in the fierce fighting in North Africa and Sicily in 1943, OMAR N. BRADLEY (1893-1981)commanded of the U.S. First Army, which landed at Utah and Omaha beaches, Normandy, on D-Day, June 6, 1944. In August 1944, he became the Commander of the 12th Army Group, the largest force ever commanded on the field. On September 20, 1950, Bradley was promoted to Five-Star General of the Army, and would be the last surviving general of 5-star rank. Lacking the arrogance and ostentation of some other generals, Bradley became known as "the soldier's general."JACOB L. DEVERS (1897-1979) was responsible for organizing and training U.S. armored forces at Fort Knox Kentucky before his transfer to London in May 1943. Thereafter he applied his organizing talents to the growing force preparing for a cross-channel invasion. After D-Day, Devers finally received a field command, leading the Sixth Army Group across France and into Germany. Commanding troops resisting the Allied advance was General GÜNTHER BLUMENTRITT (1897-1967). Blumentritt, a World War I veteran, participated in the German conquest of France in 1940 and the invasion of the Soviet Union the following year. In 1942, he became Chief of Operations for the entire German Army. Justifiably suspected of involvement in the plot to kill Hitler (July 1944), Blumentritt was returned to duty because Hitler believed him innocent. In September 1944, he assumed command of the XII SS Corps, which was opposing the Allied advance from Normandy. Blumentritt wrote a biography of his former superior, General von Rundstedt. Bisecting horizontal fold. Minor ink transfer in blank upper left. Overall, fine condition.

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