A great war-date 'short snorter', a Moroccan five franc note signed on November 16, 1943 as Winston Churchill visited Malta on the eve of the Cairo Conference of November 22-26,1943 between Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Chiang Kai-Shek. This relic was obtained by Ernest R. 'Tex' Lee, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's chief aide for the duration of World War II and who was with Eisenhower in Malta to meet Churchill for discussions prior to the Cairo Conference. The note is signed by thirteen important military figures, entertainers, and others, including: Field Marshal BERNARD LAW MONTGOMERY (1887-1976), Gen. OMAR N. BRADLEY (1893-1981); Field Marshal VISCOUNT GORT (1886-1946), commander of the BEF in France and Belgium, led the retreat at Dunkirk and the defense of Malta; Air Marshal and Deputy Supreme Allied Commander ARTHUR W. TEDDER (1890-1967), devised carpet-bombing techniques; Admiral RICHARD E. BYRD (1888-1957), polar explorer and aviator; J. FRANK DOBIE (1888-1964), American journalist and writer; CLARK LEE (1907-1991), war correspondent; Capt. LAURENCE J. HANSEN (b. 1917), Eisenhower's personal pilot); Capt. RUPERT CLARK (1919-2005), British aide to Field Marshal Alexander; FRED ASTAIRE (1899-1987), American actor and dancer; and others largely unidentified. Old adhesive residue at one margin, else very good.

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