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#431 - George S. Patton

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Rare 1918 tank brigade promotion within weeks of he WWI armistice

Partly-printed DS, signed “G. S. Patton, Jr.,” one page, 10.5 x 8, December 5, 1918. As a tank corps brigade commander stationed in Bourg, France, Colonel Patton appoints Frank B. Lull as a “Corporal of the First Brigade Corps of the United States.” In fine condition, with intersecting folds and trivial edge toning. Patton was placed in charge of the US 1st Provisional Tank Brigade in August 1918, where his leadership and hard-nosed demeanor became immediately apparent. He led the American-crewed Renault FT tanks into the fighting at the Battle of Saint-Mihiel the following month, where acts of valiance he performed in hopes of inspiring his men included walking in front of the tanks as they entered the German-held village of Essey, and riding on top of a tank during their attack into Pannes. This is a scarce, early document from an important period in world history and a significant moment in Patton's military career. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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