BLUCHER HUSSARS VETERANS WIN HITLER'S RECOGNITION
Excellent group of war-date documents from World War I veterans of the 5th (Pomeranian) Regiment 'Blucher's Hussars' seeking recognition for Field Marshall Gebhard von Blucher on the 200th anniversary of his birth. Included is: a T.L.S. on a fantastic letterhead, 1p. 4to., Schwuchow, Nov. 22, 1942, from the association representing the veterans of Blucher's Hussars to Adolf Hitler's adjutant in Berlin, advising that upon Field Marshal's Gebhard von Blucher's 200th birthday, a telegram would be sent to Hitler asking that he would consider naming a unit in the current army after their namesake. A retired major signs the letter. At upper-left appears the association's emblem, a skeleton with hourglass and scythe with the motto 'Conquer or Die'. Chip at one corner, else very good; an initialed retained carbon T.L.S. by JESKO VON PUTTKAMER (1900-1981), the German admiral who was naval adjutant to Adolf Hitler, 1p. 4to., Berlin, Dec. 6, 1942 to the veterans advising that Hitler had been advised of the request, had ordered a wreath be placed at Blucher's grave, and enclosing a copy of Hitler's telegram to be read at the association's ceremony; the copy of the telegram originally sent by the association to Fuhrer Headquarters, initialed at top by Puttkamer; and a retained carbon of a letter typed on the large-font 'Fuhrer typewriter', bearing the text of Hitler's telegram to the veterans, thanking them for their 'expression of loyalty' and adding: 'Throughout the German army in the current war too our battle cry remains that of the marshal of the War of Liberation - 'Forward!' - ' Overall very good. Interesting to note that Hitler avoids any mention of naming a unit after the famous hero of Waterloo, as he had always sought to distance himself and the modern German Wehrmacht from the aristocratic German armies of the past.