Auction Date:2012 Apr 18 @ 18:00 (UTC-5 : EST/CDT)
Location:5 Rt 101A Suite 5, Amherst, New Hampshire, 03031, United States
Scarce full-page ALS signed “Ike E.,” one page, 7 x 10.25, personal letterhead, March 17. Letter to British Admiral of the Fleet Bruce Fraser. In full: “It would scarcely be possible for me to tell you how deeply I appreciate your fine note, to say nothing of the cooperative spirit that brought you to agree to acceptance of command in the north. I know that you did not particularly care for that one—but I assure you that you’ve cemented some firm friendships in Denmark & Norway by taking it on. Come over to see me when you can! In the meantime I have a little present for the BC/S waiting upon the scheduling of some necessary flight to the U. K. Its purpose is to merely remind you that ‘The man means well, even though he’s too often a so and so and a this and that.’” Intersecting folds, a few wrinkles and creases, and staple holes to upper blank corner, otherwise fine condition.
Writing as Supreme Allied Commander of NATO in the early 1950s, Eisenhower placates the British Chiefs of Staff with a gift after requesting the Royal Navy appoint an admiral in the Northern Command, a move the navy was strongly against. The appointment was part of Eisenhower’s Exercise Mainbrace, the first large-scale naval exercise conducted by the newly-formed Allied Command Atlantic. Eisenhower began the initial planning of Mainbrace, but he resigned his position as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander to run for president before it took place. Mainbrace was conducted over twelve days in September of 1952 and involved nine navies, with the objective of demonstrating the NATO could defend Norway and Denmark in the event of an attack. Admiral Fraser, the letter’s recipient, commanded the British Home Fleet in the the North Atlantic and then the British Pacific Fleet during World War II, and signed the Japanese Instrument of Surrender on behalf of Great Britain. Fraser also did not participate in the exercise, having retired in 1951. An insightful letter displaying Eisenhower’s diplomatic touch.