PRESIDENT JUAN D. PERON (ARGENTINA) - DOCUMENT SIGNED 02/17/1945 CO-SIGNED BY: GENERAL PEDRO B. ABADIE ACUNA - HFSID 292084
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As Vice President and Minister of War, Perón writes to the Argentinian army's personnel director, criticizing neglect of officer promotions in peacetime.
Typed Letter signed: "Perón" as Minister of War, 1 page, 8½x12½. Buenos Aires, 1945 February 17. To General Pedro Abadie Acuna, Director of Personnel. In Spanish, loosely translated. Peron voices his concerns that "successive authorities have, without exception, shown indifference or neglect" to complaints concerning "promotion of Officers of the Regular Army in time of peace. Perón urges Abadie to re-examine the promotions. Typed reply on verso, signed "Pedro Abadie Acuna", promising to give important consideration to the issue. Initialed ink stamps from various army departments. JUAN PERÓN (1895-1974) was part of a military junta, which seized power in 1943 and made him secretary of labor and social welfare. Promoted to Vice President and Minister of War in 1944 but purged by suspicious fellow officers in 1945, Perón was released after massive protests by the labor unions whose support he had cultivated. Perón was elected President in 1946, serving until overthrown in a military coup (1956). Peron ruled with authoritarian methods, but his program of nationalism and economic justice appealed to many of his countrymen. While Perón lived in exile in Spain, his Peronista movement remained a powerful force in Argentine politics. He once again served as President from 1973 until his death. His first wife, Maria Eva Duarte (1919-1952), affectionately called Evita, helped him as de facto Minister of Health and Labor, acquiring a mass following of her own. Little information is available concerning General PEDRO B. ABADIE ACUNA (b. 1891), but Robert Potash, the author of three volumes on the politics of the Argentine military, identified him as a neutral figure in the internecine army struggle between supporters and opponents of Perón. The real issue underpinning this correspondence was probably the tension between professional competence and political loyalties in the Argentine army's promotion policies. Toned and creased. Multiple mailing folds. Multiple notches near left edge, Multiple ink stamps. Edges worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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