MONTGOMERY Bernard Law - Personal Message Signed Christmas 1943
Bernard Law MONTGOMERY, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein (1887-1976)Printed “Personal Message from the Army Commander” issued at Christmas, 1943 “To be read out to all Troops”, with a facsimile signature of Montgomery at the foot (“B.L. Montgomery”) and his autograph signature (“B.L. Montgomery / General / Eighth Army”) at the top right.
1 page 4to, headed “Eighth Army”, Christmas 1943.
Montgomery issued a number of Personal Messages to the troops during the course of the war, generally at important points in his campaigns.
He here sends a message of seasonal cheer and goodwill in five points, praising the men of whom “every officer and man has done his duty in a manner that is beyond all praise”, extending the greetings to “your loved ones and friends in your homelands; they are, indirectly, part of this great Army . . .” and to “all the workers on the home front; without their hard work in the factories and mines, we could win no victories in the field”. He rcites the Christmas message “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill towards men” - “Surely this describes exactly what we are fighting for?”
The invasion of Sicily in the summer of 1943, which was accomplished in just over a month, was a success largely due to Montgomery’s planning. The subsequent Italian campaign, however, proved a source of frustration and exasperation for him as he faced a series of disagreements with the other Allied commanders involved. Two days before Christmas 1943, he was recalled to England to work on the planning, and as commander-in-chief of the ground troops for what would be probably the most important operation of the war, the D-Day landings.
The paper is lightly and evenly browned and there is a neat filing hole in the top left-hand corner. The right-hand margin has considerable fraying, not touching the text or the signature.
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