Eisenhower's telex to the Combined Chiefs of Staff and British Chiefs of Staff: "the mission is completed at 0241 May 7th 1945" 10.5 x 8 in (27 x 20 cm)

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Eisenhower's telex to the Combined Chiefs of Staff and British Chiefs of Staff: "the mission is completed at 0241 May 7th 1945"
10.5 x 8 in (27 x 20 cm)

Sold for US$ 18,750 inc. premium
Eisenhower's telex to the Combined Chiefs of Staff and British Chiefs of Staff: "the mission is completed at 0241 May 7th 1945"
A single sheet telex, purple ink on an official "Shaef forward" telex sheet lettered in red and marked "Top Secret," reading "SCAF 355 The mission of this Allied Force was fulfilled at 0241 local time, May 7th 1945. Originator: Supreme Commander Authentication J Moore. Lt Colonel. Information: to all general and special staff divisions." Several creases along old folds, slightly yellowed.
Provenance: Corporal Sidney C. Eddins, assigned to G-4 Division Supreme HQ from January 1944.

In this very American telex, Eisenhower is cock a hoop that the hostilities in Europe are over. In the brevity of the announcement—"the mission was fulfilled"—you can feel his satisfaction. The story of how Eddins got this copy is also an interesting one. Family history says that on the 7th May Eddins was in the the message center at Shaef and when the clerk had finished typing out this message he was about to destroy it but Eddins took it as a souvenir. The lot includes his pass to Shaef, and a short typed appraisal of his army service from HQ G-4 Division.
10.5 x 8 in (27 x 20 cm)
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