Eisenhower and Marshall Collage

Presented is a collage featuring signatures of two of the most influential American military officers during WWII. Included is a card signed by Dwight Eisenhower in 1946 and a letter written and signed by George Marshall on July 9, 1951. Dwight Eisenhower and his immediate superior, George Marshall, worked together to help bring an end to the war with Operation Overlord, pushed against the spread of Communism, developed a new treaty organization, and navigated the tumultuous political atmosphere of the post-war world.

Later inaugurated as the 34th president of the U.S., Dwight D. Eisenhower first played a major role in ensuring the Allied victory in WWII. He was appointed Supreme Commander of Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe. Most notably, Eisenhower planned and carried out both the successful Allied invasion of Normandy that definitively turned the tide in WWII as well as the invasion of North Africa. In 1948, Eisenhower left active duty and started on a civilian path that would eventually lead him to the White House.

Eisenhower’s signature, shown here, is written on the reverse of a 1946 invitation to a reception held in Scotland. He signed the invitation while serving as Chief of Staff of the Army and before he became North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s  (NATO) Supreme Commander during the Korean War and also before serving as President of the United States from 1953 to 1961.

Considered one of the most respected military officers in U.S. history, George C. Marshall never actually commanded any troops in battle. His fame comes from his impactful plans and his stellar performance in tasks that a modern officer must perform, his diplomacy, and policy-making skills. Marshall served as a Staff Officer in WWI and was appointed Chief of Staff at the beginning of WWII. Despite assisting in the formation of Operation Overlord plans to invade Normandy, Marshall was held back at Washington by President Roosevelt who considered Marshall one of his most valuable resources. After the end of WWII, Marshall developed the Marshall Plan to aid the recovering Western Europe and attempt to protect it from Communism. President Truman asked Marshall to serve as the Secretary of Defense as the Korean War began and his reputation as a competent leader and good character earned him a spot in American history.

This signed letter was written on July 9, 1951 while Marshall was still Secretary of Defense. The letter concerns an article published in Harper’s Weekly titled “What Eisenhower is Up Against.” In the letter, Marshall writes about the timely nature of the article considering Eisenhower had encountered many issues in his attempt to form a North Atlantic Treaty. Although he remained in the capitol, Marshall was very involved in the initial development of what would become the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, further solidifying his reputation as a great policy-maker.

CONDITION:

Overall very good condition. The Eisenhower signature, in black ink, is clear and dark while the card has three minor spots but is otherwise clean and bright. Marshall’s signature is also in black in. Some adhesive residue at the top right corner and minor creasing, as expected. Otherwise, the letter is clean and bright with all text clearly legible. The two reproduction portraits are newly printed. All elements are framed together according to the highest conservation standards.

Framed Dimensions: 43"H x 27 1/2"W x 2"D.




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