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Wwii Letter, Ve Day Celebrations In Paris, May 1945 For Sale
This isa letter,writtenat Bad Godesberg,Germany, onthe11th of May 1945,three days after VE Day, by aUnited States Armybrigade commander, Brigadier General Nathaniel A. Burnell. On VE Day General Burnell had been in Paris, and much of the letter is about victory celebrations there:
"Just got back from Paris where Tommy and I helped celebrate VE Day. Everybody in town tried to get into one little section of Paris all at one time - around the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysees. The streets were full and yet cars were plowing their way through, each with as many people on board as they could possibly get. No jeep ever had less than 12 people on it.
Paris was fully lighted up for the first time in 5 years, and it was a beautiful sight. There were also the planes flying around and shooting off colored flares."
This 2 page letter was written at the famous Rheinhotel Dreesen in Bad Godesberg, where General Burnell had his headquarters.It was at this hotelthat Adolph Hitler and British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain had met for the last time in 1939:
"We are still on the Rhine (not the Danube) in the hotel at which Hitler and Chamberlain had their last meetingin 1939. The town is named Bad Thereis more, including a segment about an Army Air Force general named JohnnyBarker (Major GeneralJohn D. Barker).
*** This letter was written by Brigadier General Nathaniel A. Burnell, whocommanded the 52nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Brigade, IX Air Defence Command.General Burnell's brigadelanded in Normandyin June 1944 in the weeks followingtheD-Day invasion, and served throughout the 1944-45 campaign in Europe. General Burnell wasawarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service in combat during the campaign, and the Legion of Merit for his servicein the months leading up to D-Day.General Burnell was later awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, and he appears to have also received some French andBelgian decorations.
An interesting and scarceoriginal WWII letter, written by an American general who commanded a brigadein combat throughout the 1944-45 campaign in pays shipping, $1.50 in Canada, $2.00 to the United States, $2.50 Overseas. Shipping costs maybe combined with myother sales, ending inthe same week, as far as package size and weight permit.Payment must be received within 5calendar days of the end of the sale. The winning buyer must contact me within 2 days of the end of the sale.I accept Paypal only. Thank you.
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