World War II has become one of the most popular collecting areas in autographs, signatures, signed letters, and documents. Many of the leading American figures went on to careers after the war in which they signed many pieces, and the public in general was fascinated with these military leaders and sought out their autograph material during their lifetime. Of the principal American military figures, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Douglas MacArthur are the most famous and most available. During the war, they were very frequently asked for their autograph; soldiers who encountered them asked them to autograph various pieces that they had with them, and after the war they were very responsive to people writing to them. Omar Bradley, Chester Nimitz, Mark Clark, and other American leaders are all reasonably available in autograph and signed pieces. The rarest American autograph is that of George Patton, who died in 1945.
Autograph and signed pieces of the Allied political leaders vary in rarity. Winston Churchill is enormously popular, and he signed many autographs and signed letters that no one ever discarded. Franklin D. Roosevelt was equally well known, and he signed large numbers of letters as president. Charles de Gaulle is the scarcest of the three, and his popularity outside of France is not very great. Joseph Stalin is the rarest of the Allied political leaders.
Third Reich autographs and signed pieces have been avidly collected since World War II. American soldiers looted offices and archives all across Germany and brought back quantities of official World War II documents and signed letters. The only Third Reich personalities that are not very scarce in autographed and signed material are those who survived the war and the Nuremberg trials. For many years, people could obtain signed letters from Albert Speer simply by writing to him after he was released from Spandau Prison. Admiral Doenitz served ten years in Spandau Prison, and after his release, he carried on correspondences with many people. One of the most sought after German military leaders was Erwin Rommel. He did not survive the war, and his autograph and signed material is very scarce. Adolf Hitler, Herman Goering, Joseph Goebbels, Alfred Jodl, and Wilhelm Keitel all signed many documents and letters during the war.
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