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Item 392 - George S. Patton Catalog 589 (Aug 2020)

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Imposing matte-finish 7.75 x 9.75 photo of General Patton in uniform, with the brights of his eyes shaded by the brim of his three-star helmet, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, "To Gen. R. B. Lord, with warm thanks for much valuable assistance. G. S. Patton, Jr., Lt. Gen.” Affixed to a same-size cardstock mount. In fine condition, with light silvering to the darker areas of the image.

After the invasion of Normandy, General R. B. Lord was appointed Chief of Staff of S.O.S 'Service of Supply' and Communications. Headquartered in Paris, his duty was to procure and distribute supplies, equipment, and armament for the European Theater. As the war progressed, General Lord was reassigned to Reims, France, where he took over procurement, supplies, communication, equipment and armament for Southern France, which included supplying General Patton's 3rd Army and the 7th Army as they moved north toward Germany. General Patton was gratefully indebted to Lord for moving supplies, equipment, and armament to the front. General Lord initiated the 'Red Ball Express' to equip General Patton on his aggressive movement through Southern France and Czechoslovakia. General Lord also supplied the British and French forces in his sector, and would later be present at the signing of the German surrender in Reims, France. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and Beckett Authentication.

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