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    Dwight D. Eisenhower and Montgomery of Alamein Photograph Signed "Dwight D. Eisenhower" and "Montgomery of Alamein/Field-Marshal." 8.25" x 6.5" visible, double-matted and framed under glass to an overall size of 13.25" x 12". In this informal photograph, Eisenhower, a chain smoker, has a cigarette in his left hand. The first time Eisenhower met Montgomery in 1942, the British commander outranked the American and made no secret of his feelings on the matter. Required to give Eisenhower a briefing, he arrived very late and said, "I'm sorry I'm late, but I really shouldn't have come at all." With his back to Eisenhower, as he approached a wall map with his pointer, Montgomery smelled smoke and, without turning around, stopped his briefing and demanded, "Who's smoking?" "I am, sir," said Eisenhower. "Stop it," demanded Montgomery, still not turning around. "I don't permit it here." Eisenhower said nothing as he snuffed out his cigarette. Later in the war, when Eisenhower outranked Montgomery, he smoked in his presence. In this photograph, Field Marshal Montgomery and 5-Star General Eisenhower each held the highest rank in their respective armies. On the Eisenhower National Historic Site, National Park Service website, Field Marshal Montgomery is number three on the list of "Ike's Top 5 Most Disliked Contemporaries." In part, "[Montgomery] resented that Eisenhower was his superior, openly expressing disdain and privately belittling his generalship. Eisenhower displayed heroic patience in his dealings with Monty, but still came close to sacking him." From Eisenhower's diary, January 14, 1959, to Pug Ismay, Churchill's personal chief of staff during World War II: "I cannot forget [Montgomery's] readiness to belittle associates in those critical moments when the cooperation of all of us was needed." In this photograph, it does not look like Monty and Ike are having a friendly conversation. The ink did not adhere too well to the surface of the photograph when Montgomery signed it and while all the letters of his signature are present, some are light. The photo is uniformly creased and there is a chip on Ike's pocket. Overall, it's in good condition.

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