President of the United States; Supreme Allied Commander.
Autograph Letter Signed, (“Ike” and “D”), 2 * pages (8 x 10 * in.; 203 x 266 mm.), “Versailles” January 15, 1945, to his wife Mamie Eisenhower on blue-lined paper. Minor toning on edges. Dwight D Eisenhower
Ten days before the end of the Battle of the Bulge, Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D Eisenhower pens a heartfelt letter to his wife Mamie discussing the monumental challenges he is facing during the war.
Dwight D Eisenhower pens in full: “Darling: the winter that you and I spent in France was nothing like this one. For the past 2 weeks we’ve been blanketed in snow. It’s difficult to travel by road and the low lying fog make air-plane travel almost impossible. Certainly you cannot plan a trip on the basis of using a plane. Yesterday I had a nice letter from Johnny. He had just lost a squad leader and was quite irritated with the actions of that particular sergeant. He’s beginning to get his first lessons in ‘administration.’ But obviously he is enjoying his job. It’s been more than 3 years since I came to Washington form San Antonio. In some ways it seems like only yesterday that we were making that move – but on the other hand I cannot remember the time when I was free of these continuing problems involving staggering expense, destruction of lives and wealth, and fates of whole peoples. It will be difficult, indeed, after this war is over, to get me to think of anything more important than a good fat fish worm. (None of this fancy fly fishing for me!) Not long ago I saw Everett, who is in fine health. Soon I expect to see Geo. [Patton] He has made a fine record for himself all through this campaign. Looks the same as ever. Lately my cook has been trying to make some fried mush. He’s not too successful, but maybe my memory as to how the dish used to taste is at fault. This is probably the trouble. I often wonder how you’re getting along; what you do – and so on. Several people that have come in here tell me you’re counting some on going to visit Mike. You’ve said nothing of it in your letters. As a matter of fact, I’ve had very few letters from you this past month. That’s probably because you’ve gone to Benning, and cannot find time to write while you’re travelling. Take care of yourself. Loads of love all the time. I miss you every day. Always yours, Ike You’ve never said anything about the perfume I sent you or the 1000 franc note (in a wallet) I sent for John. Did you ever receive them? D”
In January, 1945 the German forces were on the ropes and the Third Reich was in its death throes. Two weeks before this letter was written, Dwight D Eisenhower was named TIME magazine’s Man of the Year. Ike’s language reflects the incredible responsibility of the war weighing heavily on his shoulders yet, somehow, he is able to maintain a positive tone for Mamie.
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