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    "The particular generation to which we belong has really had to take it on the chin with 2 great wars during its adult life. Please god our children will be spared another..."

    Dwight D. Eisenhower Autographed Letter Signed "Ike", 3pp., quarto, 8" x 10.5", [London], March 4, [1944], to his wife Mamie.

    "My Darling -- I'm waiting now to decorate an officer -- a ceremony that will only take a minute or two. Then I have two more appointments and hope that I'm through for the day... They are moving my office to the country and if I can stay out of the way I know Lee will appreciate it. Tomorrow (Sunday) the machine should be running again. Thanks very much for sending me the picture of my one sec. Another one is broadcasting to the U.S. this week -- Lord knows what about! Newsmen and photographers are everywhere -- and they take everything and write everything the believe they can get printed... I'm really tired today. I've had several long nights this week... Next week is already full of appointments & I'm trying hard to get out to see some troops... I owe P.A. a letter, but I don't know when I will get around to writing it. I know he'll understand -- although it sometimes seems to me that people far removed from war expect a soldier, no matter where he is or what he is doing, to give the same attention to manners and all the small niceties that are normal to peacetime existence. When I get letters from heartbroken mothers seeking news of someone 'missing in action' -- and begging mu help -- but with the utmost concern for the burdens already on me -- then I begin to think that the more people suffer, the more truly considerate they become. Well, maybe I don't know exactly what I do mean!... I love you very much -- I'd like nothing better that to be back with you... The particular generation to which we belong has really had to take it on the chin with 2 great wars during its adult life. Please god our children will be spared another..."

    Eisenhower returned to London after a furlough in Washington, D.C., where he set up his headquarters at 20 Grosvenor Square. Life in London was filled with constant interruptions, he felt himself at the mercy of Churchill and other VIPs who would arrive without announcement at any hour. London provided too many distraction for the staff. Stephen Ambrose notes in his biography, Eisenhower: Soldier and President, that in March of 1944, Ike moved his headquarters outside of London to Bushey Park. All three pages are in near fine condition.


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