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March 1945. This black and white photograph, was taken on the 23rd March 1945 during the Battle of the Rhine. It depicts Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill in Army uniform, Colonel Cinque Ports and “Monty”, wearing his black beret full length. Ink inscription that is in Churchill’s hand “Taken during the Battle of the Rhine 23 March 1945 Winston Churchill” and Clear ink signature “B.L. Montgomery Field-Marshal”. This photo was taken just five weeks before Germany surrendered to the allied forces.
Together with, an original Sir Winston Churchill Signed Letter to Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein D-Day Air Support This historical typed letter is on 10 Downing Street headed paper and marked most secret April 1944 “My Dear Montgomery Thank you for your letter of March 30 with which you sent me a copy of your note on Air requirements for Overlord as viewed by the Army” Ink signature “Yours Sincerely Winston Churchill.
Operation Overlord was the code-name given to the Allied invasion of France scheduled for June 1944. The overall commander of Operation Overlord was General Dwight Eisenhower. Other senior commanders for Overlord included Air Marshall Leigh-Mallory, Air Marshall Tedder, Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery and Admiral Bertram Ramsey. Operation Overlord required the type of logistical issues that no army had ever had to cope with before and the plan was for the Allies to have landed a vast amount of both men and equipment by the end of D-Day itself.
Winston Churchill said that Operation Overlord was 'undoubtedly the most complicated and difficult' ever undertaken. With nearly three million troops involved, it was an incredible feat of organisation - and the first step towards the liberation of Western Europe and the defeat of Nazi Germany.
Framed and glazed under conservation glass, and mounted with archive board.
|External Height||78.00 cm||(30.71 inches)|
|External Width||48.00 cm||(18.90 inches)|