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    Montgomery of Alamein Autograph Letter Signed "B.L. Montgomery," two pages, 5.75" x 9", front and verso. Italy, September 29, 1943. On stationery of the "Partito Nazionale Fascista/Federazione Dei Fasci di Combattimento/Reggio Calabria." To [Richard G.] Casey. In full, "I shall be delighted to see you here on 7 October, for a visit. I suggest you bring Freyberg with you. Fly to BARI; or by that time FOGGIA will probably be the best airfield; I will let you know. You may like to have the enclosed pamphlet. It contains the methods I use when making war against the Germans. My kind regards to your wife." On September 3, 1943, General Bernard Law Montgomery, as commander of the British 8th Army, landed in Reggio di Calabria in southern Italy and then proceeded northward. He evidently took some stationery when he left. On September 27th, two days before Montgomery wrote this letter, his 8th Army occupied Foggia and Melfi. As Minister of State representing the War Cabinet in the Middle East, Australian Richard G. Casey had aided General Montgomery in his North African campaign which including the Battle of El Alamein for which Montgomery was knighted, promoted, and, in 1946, created 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein. New Zealander Lieutenant General Bernard Freyberg commanded the N.Z. 2nd Division through the North African and Italian campaigns of the Montgomery's 8th Army. The letter is browned, especially at the mid-horizontal fold where it has slightly separated at both edges. There are tiny staple holes at the top and three small tears at the left, right, and lower edges. Overall, the letter is in very good condition. See lot 25288 for Montgomery's pamphlet and further information about Casey and Montgomery.

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