Signed book: Crusade in Europe. First edition, limited issue, numbered 1039/1426. NY: Doubleday, 1948. Hardcover with mylar jacket and publisher's slipcase, 7 x 10, 559 pages. Signed in fountain pen on a special prefatory page reproducing Eisenhower’s ‘Order of the Day’ on D-Day, “Dwight D. Eisenhower.” Autographic condition: fine to very fine. Book condition: NF in a VG slipcase, with a "Library of Lawrence E. Miller" blindstamp to a rear page of the book, and edgewear and scuffing to slipcase.
Eisenhower's historic order reads, in part: "Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Forces: You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will being about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world…I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory!” From the Collection of Dr. Lawrence E. Miller.
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