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Crusade in Europe
Garden City, New York: Doubleday 1948 - First edition, the deluxe signed and numbered edition. A superb presentation copy inscribed by Eisenhower: “To Pug Ismay who typifies all that is best in the fighting forces of a democracy. With admiration and lasting regard from his comrade of World War II and devoted friend Ike Eisenhower.” General Hastings “Pug” Ismay was Winston Churchill’s chief military assistant during the Second World War. “Churchill owed more, and admitted that he owed more [to Ismay] than to anybody else, military or civilian, in the whole of the war” (Colville, Winston Churchill and His Inner Circle). Ismay’s varied roles in the war effort included acting as Churchill’s principal military assistant, advisor, and chief of staff, serving as liaison between Churchill and the Chiefs of Staff, tempering Churchill’s natural impetuosity and impatience with opposition, planning key elements of the Normandy landings, and serving as Churchill’s military advisor at Casablanca, Tehran, Yalta, and other conferences. Eisenhower discussed Ismay at length in Crusade in Europe, “Another Briton, with whom I still had occasional conferences and who had been a stalwart support in the most trying days of war, was General Sir Hastings Ismay. One of the prominent military figures in Great Britain, he was the immediate associate of Mr. Churchill in the latter’s capacity as Defense Minister. Ismay’s position as head of the secretarial staff to the War Cabinet and the British Chiefs of Staff was, from the American point of view, a critical one because it was through him that any subject could at any moment be brought to the attention of the Prime Minister and his principal assistants. It was fortunate, therefore, that he was devoted to the principle of Allied unity and that his personality was such as to win the confidence and friendship of his American associates. He was one of those men whose great ability condemned him throughout the war to a staff position. Consequently his name may be forgotten; but the contributions he made to the winning of the war were equal to those of many whose names became household words” (Crusade in Europe, p. 446). Ismay wrote of the Anglo-American relationship that Eisenhower forged, “There may have been other American or British generals who could have wrought this miracle of co-operation, but I cannot name them” (Ismay, Memoirs of General Lord Ismay, p. 263). This deluxe numbered edition is also signed by Eisenhower on the leaf printing in facsimile his famous D-Day order. That order states in part, “You are about to embark on the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you.” This presentation copy of Eisenhower’s Crusade in Europe is a World War II association copy of the very greatest interest. Original tan cloth, without slipcase. Four double-page maps, numerous illustrations. A very good, tight copy.
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