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    Dwight D. Eisenhower Signed D-Day Address in First Edition: Crusade in Europe (Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Co. Inc., 1948). "This edition is limited to one thousand four hundred and twenty-six numbered and signed copies, of which one thousand four hundred and one are for sale. This is number 847," 559 pages, gilt-edged on top, sienna cloth boards, octavo (6" x 8.75"), signed "Dwight D. Eisenhower" in ink beneath a facsimile of the D-Day Orders of the Day: "Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Forces: You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world. Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely. But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory! I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory! Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking." From the Eisenhower Presidential Library: "The D-Day operation of June 6, 1944 brought together the land, air and sea forces of the allied armies in what became known as the largest invasion force in human history...The invasion force included 7,000 ships and landing craft manned by over 195,000 naval personnel from eight allied countries..." On front endpaper, map of "Festung Europa/June 6, 1944"; on back endpaper, map of "The Mediterranean/under Axis domination." Illustrated. Fine condition. In original presentation box, worn at edges.

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