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Signed by Gen. Patton in Sicily during the 5½ months he commanded the Seventh Army – he was relieved of his command after two slapping incidents
Palermo, Sicily, July-December 1943. 4.25" x 1.25". "Bold Signature “Lt. Gen Patton / APO 758 c/o PM. N.Y.,” 4.25” x 1.25”. Cut from an envelope containing a letter. APO 758 was the Grand Central Annex address for Palermo, Sicily. Patton signed after the typed word “Censored:” beneath which was typed, in upper case, “Lt. Gen. G.S. Patton, Jr. / HQ. Seventh U.S. Army.” Diagonal fold at blank lower right corner. Fine condition.Lieutenant General George S. Patton, Jr. commanded the Seventh Army from July 10, 1943 to January 1, 1944. The Seventh Army was the first American army to fight on European soil in World War II and was activated at sea on July 10, 1943.The Seventh Army landed on several beaches in southern Sicily and captured the city of Palermo on July 22nd. Headquartered in Sicily, Patton, while visiting a medical tent on August 3, 1943, slapped a private who had been diagnosed with exhaustion and anxiety. On August 10th, he slapped a private who was shell-shocked. In both cases, Gen. Patton accused the privates of cowardice. On August 16, 1943, he received a letter from General Eisenhower which said, in part, “In the two cases cited in the attached report, it is not my present intention to institute any formal investigation ... I assure you that conduct such as described in the accompanying report will not be tolerated in this theater no matter who the offender may be.” Patton was relieved of his command of the Seventh Army on January 1, 1944."
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