Lot 279

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Scarce broadside, 24 1/2" x 18 1/2", [n.p., n.d., ca. early 1945], printed in English and German, signed in type by Dwight D. Eisenhower as Supreme Commander, A.E.F. and headed: "MILITARY GOVERNMENT - GERMANY SUPREME COMMANDER'S AREA OF CONTROL PROCLAMATION NO. 1 TO THE PEOPLE OF GERMANY". There follows four paragraphs in which Eisenhower proclaims to Germans living in areas thus far conquered by the Allies: "...We come as conquerors, but not as oppressors...we shall obliterate Nazi-ism and German Militarism. We shall overthrow the Nazi rule...We shall eradicate that German Militarism which has so often disrupted the peace of the world...Military and Party leaders, the Gestapo and others suspected of crimes and atrocities will be tried...All persons in the occupied territory will lobby immediately and without question all the enactments and orders...resistance to the Allied Forces will be ruthlessly stamped out...special courts are deprived of authority...All officials are charged with the duty of remaining at their posts...". Margins are ragged with some minor paper loss, a few clean interior tears, German-printed side is a bit soiled, still quite good and one of the more difficult posters to obtain.

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July 21, 2011 11:30 AM EDT
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