OMAR NELSON BRADLEY (February 12, 1893 – April 8, 1981) was a distinguished senior officer of the United States Army who saw service in North Africa and Western Europe during World War II. Bradley was the last of nine people to hold a five-star rank in the United States Armed Forces. From the Normandy landings through the end of the war in Europe, Bradley had command of all U.S. ground forces invading Germany from the west. Ultimately, he commanded forty-three divisions and 1.3 million men, the largest group of American soldiers ever to serve under a single field commander. Following the war, Bradley headed the Veterans Administration and became Army Chief of Staff. In 1949, he was appointed the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The following year, he oversaw policy making for the Korean War before retiring from active service in 1953.
10 x 8 black and white photograph, August 13, 1944, autographed by Bradley, at dinner with his officers before Operation Cobra, the codename for an offensive launched by the First United States Army, seven weeks before D-Day landings, during the Normandy Campaign, the turning point of World War II. Officers are identified on the verso: Brig. Gen. R.W. Hasbrouck, Brig. Gen. A.F. Kibler, Maj. Gen. L.C. Allen, Lt. Gen. Omar Bradley, Gen. M.G. Moses, Brig. Gen. E.L. Siebert, Gen. J.H. Hinds. Also stamped “Somewhere in France.”
The photograph is in excellent condition with modest soiling on the verso, identifications of the officers at the dinner, stamped “Confidential” with a note from the field press censor “not to be published.” Very fine and ready to frame. A great piece of World War II memorabilia from one of America’s greatest generals.
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