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(1907 - 1990) American general and commander of the 82nd Airborne at Normandy and in the Battle of the Bulge. Fine content T.L.S. on "Headquarters Allied Forces Southern Europe" letterhead, 4pp. 4to., Naples, May 28, 1952 to a member of an 82nd Airborne veterans' group. Gavin forwards a statement to the group, in part: "...the idea of the Airborne League is, I believe, very good...it will thrive with opposition...It will be accused of being a copy of the Navy League...our future survival...will lie in this field of the fullest exploitation of our air mobility...a full measure of air mobility must be given to all of our land forces...we could have ended the last war in the Fall of '44...put forces on the Yalu and ended the Korean affair before the Chinese intervened. I talked to General MacArthur personally about this...he too sought but failed to obtain large airborne forces...our forces came by sea. Things like this shouldn't happen..." Gavin continues to hammer the importance of a heavily-supported Airborne branch of the military, and suggests how generals and the Eisenhower administration should be lobbied to institute such administrative changes. Very good.
JAMES M. GAVIN
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Minimum Bid: $70.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $112.50
Estimate: $140 - $200
Auction closed on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
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