Montgomery of Alamein Manuscript Letter Signed "B.L. Montgomery/General/Eighth Army," one page, 5.25" x 7". Eighth Army, Italy, September 15, 1943. With original 5.5" x 3.75" envelope, worn and torn open at top, addressed to K.W. Nichols, Romford, Essex, passed by censor. In full, "Thank you for your Airgraph. The Eighth Army has now firmly established itself on The Fortress of Europe - There will be no stopping us now. Good luck." On September 3, 1943, after crossing the Straits of Messina from Sicily to mainland Italy, General Bernard Law Montgomery and his British 8th Army, landed in Reggio di Calabria in southern Italy and then proceeded northward. In an interview broadcast on the BBC he said, "We have a good plan and air support on a greater scale than we have ever had before. There can only be one end to this next battle, and that is another success. Forward to victory! Let us knock Italy out of the war!" On September 8th, five days later, the surrender of Italy was announced. In 1942, Hitler had ordered the construction of fixed fortifications along the Western Front so that an Allied invasion would be stopped there or immediately after landing. He called it Festung Europa (Fortress of Europe). That is what Montgomery is referring to in this letter which is in fine condition.

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