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    George S. Patton Autograph Letter Signed. One page, two-sided, 8.25" x 10.75", n.p. [Langres, France], December 25, 1917. Early in the career of one of America's most distinguished and controversial U.S. Army officers, George Patton was assigned to the newly formed United States Tank Corps in Langres, France , located in the Champagne-Ardenne region. Although surely missing his loved ones, this newsy letter to his mother reveals that the young Captain was having a grand old time tasting wines and enjoying the holiday season.

    Letter reads, in part: "Dear Mama: Merry Christmas: I hope you are all having a nice time. This is much better than last year as there is . . . no wind or dust while last year it was the worst storm I ever saw. Lt. Bernie and I are the only ones here at my chateau. Had dinner last night with some plumb [sic] pudding and fruitcake, also two bottles of Champagne and a bottle of Port. . . . We are having a holiday today and I staid [sic] in bed till eight and took a hot bath in my rubber tub." The captain goes on to comment about his new duties: "I feel most cheerful about the Tank school as we have got a good man in charge of all the Tanks and he will back me up. He used to be my pupil at Fort Riley." Lightly age toned on recto, with moderate sunning on portion of verso which affects Patton's signature. Two-inch area of fold separation at upper center. Generally fine condition and excellent WWI-era content!

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