A great war-date 'short snorter', a British ten shilling note signed by DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER and 34 of his friends and associates at Claridge's on the day Ike was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general, July 10, 1942. This historic relic was obtained by Ernest R. 'Tex' Lee, Eisenhower's chief aide for the duration of the war, and he has initialed and dated the note at one margin. It is signed by the newly-promoted Lt. Gen. DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER at one edge, just beneath Lee's initials. Also present are the signatures of: Gen. MARK CLARK (1896-1984), Lt. Gen. LUCIAN TRUSCOTT (1895-1965), who also served as Eisenhower's Field Deputy in Tunisia, Brig. Gen. ROBERT A. MCCLURE (1897-1957), Chief of Intelligence, ETO and later Chief of Psychological Warfare; PRINCE BERNHARD OF LIPPE-BIESTERFELD (1911-2004), Prince of Netherlands, consort to Queen Juliana, Dutch general and RAF Wing Commander; USAAF Lt. Gen. CARL SPAATZ (1891-1974), commander 8th Air Force; ANTHONY J. D. BIDDLE, JR. (1897-1961) American diplomat and Army general; Adm. WILLIAM A. GLASSFORD, U.S.N., served notably in the South Pacific; HARRY C. BUTCHER (1901-1985), U.S. Navy Commander and aide to Eisenhower; Brig. Gen. RAY W. BARKER (1889-1974), Assistant C of S ETO; SIR JOHN MARTIN (1904-1991), principal private secretary to Winston Churchill; Lt. Col. CHARLES R. 'TOMMY' THOMPSON (1894-1966), naval aide to Winston Churchill; EDWARD W. BEATTIE, UPI correspondent, later a POW in Germany; JACQUELINE COCHRAN (1906-1980), American aviator, a founder of the WAACs and WASPs; EGBERT WHITE (1894-1976), founder of Yank magazine; Col. EMIL C. BOEHNKE, a SHAEF adjutant; Capt. RALPH KIRK JAMES, U.S.N.; Capt. LAURENCE J. HANSEN, Eisenhower's chief pilot; Capt. STANLEY T. STANTON, a TWA VIP pilot; GEORGE E. ALLEN (1896-1973), American Red Cross official and friend to Eisenhower; Brig. Gen. THOMAS J. DAVIS, Public Relations Div.; singer and entertainer MARTHA RAYE, and others unidentified by us and worthy of research. Folds, with the signatures of Churchill's associates are toned from old tape residue, else very good. With a key to the signatures and much research information. Eisenhower arrived in London in May to study joint defense and was appointed Commander of the European Theater of Operations on June 15. He receives his promotion to lieutenant general in July and on November 8 he would command the Allied invasion of North Africa.

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