Lot of 2: Hodges, Courtney (1887-1966). General in the United States Army. Signed Time magazine, 6 x 8.5 in., Vol. XLIV No. 16. Pony Edition. October 16, 1944. Features an illustrated drawing of the general by Eunes Hamburg(?) titled underneath, General Hodges of the US First Army/ Before the knockout, the in-fighting./ (World Battlefronts).
Despite failing out of West Point his first year, Courtney Hodges remarkably rose from the rank of private to major general. He played a pivotal role in World War II by commanding the First United States Army in Northwest Europe and while fighting at the Battle of the Bulge. He died in 1966 and is buried at Arlington Cemetery.
Patton, George S., Jr. (1885-1945). Four-star US Army General (1909-1945). He commanded the US 7th Army in the Mediterranean and European theaters of World War II, and is best known for leading the US 3rd Army in France and Germany following the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944. Cleaning kit with "A" patch at bottom, representing the US 3rd Army, 13 x 3 in., autographed in black ink to the left of the patch, "G S Patton Jr." The kit contains a .45 caliber pistol cleaning rod. We have not been able to confirm with all certainty that this was signed in Patton's hand.
An ink spot on the right center portion of the magazine near the outline of the illustration and some minor toning.
Cleaning kit with remnants of adhesive and paper on back of kit, indicating that it was previously mounted for display.
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