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    Dwight D. Eisenhower Signed First Edition: Crusade in Europe (Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Co. Inc., 1948), 559 pages, sienna cloth boards, octavo (6" x 8.75"), inscribed and signed "For/General Hoyt S. Vandenberg./Outstanding Air Force/Commander of World War II -/with best wishes and/warm regard from his/devoted friend/Ike Eisenhower" on the half-title. On front endpaper, map of "Festung Europa/June 6, 1944"; on back endpaper, map of "The Mediterranean/under Axis domination." Illustrated. In April 1944, Hoyt S. Vandenberg (1899-1954) was designated deputy air commander in chief of the Allied Expeditionary Forces and commander of its American Air Component. He later received an oak leaf cluster to the Distinguished Service Medal for his part in planning and providing Allied air support for the Normandy invasion. In August he became Commanding General of the Ninth Air Force, whose success paved the way for the Allied advance through Europe. Vandenberg was Chief of Staff of the Air Force from 1948-1953. Black-stamp on spine worn (where you would grasp the book when taking it off a bookshelf), lower corners gently bumped. No dust jacket. Overall, in very good condition.

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