Ike: "I have often felt, in my own case, that a fine constitution and an upbringing by upright, intelligent and understanding parents in a wholesome and healthful country, like our great Midwest, has sustained me in many hours of crisis..."
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) October 11, 2010
The Raab Collection, the nation’s leading dealer in important historical autographs, announced that it has discovered and will offer for sale a previously unknown historical autograph of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, in which he describes the strains of war on the young and says that what has sustained him during times of war and crisis is his “upright, intelligent and understanding parents in a wholesome and healthful country, like our great Midwest.” Ike grew up in Abilene, Kansas.
Excerpts from the historical autograph, dated August 10, 1943:
“War is tough on everybody. Physically the strain comes on the young fellows carrying the battle right up to the enemy. But the higher commanders must have an inexhaustible fund of nervous energy, determination and optimism…. I have often felt, in my own case, that a fine constitution and an upbringing by upright, intelligent and understanding parents in a wholesome and healthful country, like our great Midwest, has sustained me in many hours of crisis...”
“This letter shows a personal and revealing side of Ike in the trenches of war,” said Jonas Raab, Vice President of The Raab Collection and expert on important historical autographs. “He speaks not only to the strain of battle on soldiers, but on what made him a strong leader of character.”
Historical Background: The Invasion of Sicily
Ike was promoted to four-star general in February 1943 and served as the Allied commander for all the major operations in the Mediterranean theater. After victory in the North Africa campaign, he went to Tunis. The invasion of Sicily took place in July 1943, and after it was secured, the Italian mainland was the next Allied target. On September 23, 1943, General Eisenhower took the Italian surrender aboard the HMS Nelson off Malta. It was amidst all this that he wrote his definition of leadership, the very leadership that led the Allies to victory in World War II.
The Raab Collection has handled many of the most important historical autographs to reach the market and has represented the families of many famous Americans, among them Thomas Jefferson, Dwight Eisenhower, and Gerald Ford, in the sale and preservation of their important historical autographs.