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Autographs and Historical Documents

Foreign Military Leaders
Lot Photo Description
Lot 98
  Baron Michel., French Brigadier.

ALS, 7½" x 12", Dresden, 1813 July 30, as Brigadier of the Foot Grenadier Guards, asking a Monseigneur le Prince for maps of the war theater to be sent to a captain at the Bonaparte barracks who is to forward them to Dresden. Request was granted, stamped also by Michel's private secretary. normal overall toning, nevertheless well preserved and Very Good.
Estimate 400 - 500

Written around the time of the Grande Armeé's defeat at Leipzig (Battle of Nations, October 1813) which led to France being invaded and to Napoleon's abdication in April 1814.

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Lot 99
  Berthier, Alexandre (1753-1815)., French marshal and prince of Neufchatel and Wagram.

ALS in French, 7" x 6", no place or date. Letter to a Monsieur Elhard (?) in Paris, in which he requests a face to face meeting, Fine. Includes biography in French.
Estimate 200 - 300

After acting as an aide to General Rochambeau and accompanying the army in 1781 on its march to Yorktown, Berthier was instrumental in the coup d'état of the 18th Brumaire (1799) which established the Consulate, and received the post of Minister of War; considered Napoleon's shadow and the most irreplaceable of all his marshals, he served in the Peninsular Campaign (1808), the Austrian Campaign (1809), in Russia (1812), Germany (1813), and France (1814).

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Lot 100
  Mitel-Mureau., French Brigadier, originally Baron Milet de Mureau.

ALS, 7¼" x 9 ¼", 1p., Paris, 1796 November 28, as Brigadier General responsible for Fortifications. On official stationery but apparently a private business letter, in part "…I've received your note in which you advise me that you have 2400 to give for the account of Mr. La Pérouse…", Fine.
Estimate 200 - 300
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Lot 101
  Rommel, Erwin (1891-1944)., German Field Marshall, legendary Panzer commander in North Africa, the "Desert Fox", forced to commit suicide after being implicated in the plot to assassinate Hitler.

TLS in German (with English translation) on Africa Corps stationery, 9" x 11¼", Battle Station, 1941 May 24. Letter authorizing the transfer of one Georg Kuest, a workman, to the Afrikakorps after completion of basic training in the Wehrmacht, folded in eighths, splitting reinforced by hinges.
Estimate 2,000 - 2,500

Rommel's letters are particularly rare because most of his papers were destroyed following his implication in the Hitler assassination plot.

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Lot 102
  Rommel, Erwin (1891-1944)., PS, 3" x 3", Marana, Africa, November 1942. Photo shows Rommel in his staff car surrounded by other officers including Colonel Westphal, who in 1943 became one of Germany's youngest generals, Major Osterhausen, and a General Seidemann, boldly signed in blue ink, Fine.
Estimate 1,000 - 1,500
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Lot 103
  Rommel, Erwin (1891-1944), DS, 8½" x 11½", "Armee-Gef.-St.", 1942 April 9. Rommel signs order to award the War Merit Cross 2nd Class with Swords to two lance-corporals, customary bold pencil signature as General and Commander-in-Chief of the Armored Troops in Africa. Two filing holes in right margin, Fine.
Estimate 500 - 750
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Lot 104
  Rommel, Erwin (1891-1944)., DS, 8½" x 10½", Armee-Gef.-St., 1942 May 5. Rommel signs order to award War Merit Crosses to a corporal, two lance-corporals, and two medical-lance-corporals, customary bold pencil signature as General and Commander-in-Chief of the Armored Troops in Africa. Two filing holes in right margin, Fine.
Estimate 500 - 750
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Lot 105
  Rommel, Erwin (1891-1944)., DS in German, 8¼" x 11", North Africa, 1942 January 11. Signs an order approving a military award for one Captain Emil Kaiser of Speyer and engineer battalion [the page identifying the award is not present]. Two filing holes at right, Fine.
Estimate 500 - 750
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Lot 106
  von Brauchitsch, Heinrich Alfred Hermann Walther (1881-1948), German general field marshal [general of the army] who formally commanded the campaigns against France, Greece, Netherlands, Poland, Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union, relieved of command by Hitler after recommending strategic retreat on the Russian front.

PS, 3½" x 5½", undated chest-up portrait in uniform on postcard by Hoffmann of Munich boldly signed "von Brauchitsch" in black ink.
Mounting adherences on verso, Fine.
Estimate 100 - 150
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