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(1896–1987) American major general, served in both the Pacific and European Theaters. Collins commanded the VII Corps in the Allied invasion of Normandy and on the Western Front through to the end of World War II in Europe. CONGRATULATIONS ON THE SURRENDER OF AACHEN Fine content war-date T.L.S. as commander of VII Corps on official letterhead, 2pp. 4to., [n.p.], Oct. 21, 1944 to CLARENCE R. HUEBNER (1888-1972), American major general who commanded the 1st Infantry Division in its assault on Omaha Beach, in the drive across France, at the Hurtgen Forest and in the battle of Aachen. In part: "...The surrender of Aachen, the first German city of consequence to fall into Allied hands, brings to a close another brilliant campaign in the epic history of the 1st Infantry Division...the remnants of the Aachen garrison were forced to surrender, contrary to the orders of Hitler himself, under the relentless pressure of the 1st Division...with a minimum loss of American lives, in the face of desperate counter-attacks aimed at breaking the ring encircling the city...Shortly after joining the VII Corps on July 15, 1944 the 1st Division played a major role in the great breakthrough...in Normandy that converted the slow and costly hedgerow fighting into a war of maneuver...After assisting in closing the Falaise Gap...the Division crossed the Seine...quickly advanced in Belgium in the vicinity of Mons...[and] fought one of the decisive battles of this war...the equivalent of a German Corps...was cut to pieces...made possible the rupture of the Siegfried Line...the 1st Division... has fought in three major campaigns and has captured almost 25,000 prisoners...due in large part to your superb leadership...the 1st Division will continue to add luster...in our coming drive to the Rhine..." Very good.
J. LAWTON COLLINS
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Minimum Bid: $200.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $325.00
Estimate: $400 - $600
Auction closed on Thursday, November 21, 2019.
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