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Patton, George S. (1885-1945) to Frank & Renee Stockdale re: Christmas card, 3rd US Army, "Season's Greetings"

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06760.22 Author/Creator: Patton, George S. (1885-1945) Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Autograph note signed Date: 1944/12/25 ca. Pagination: 2 p. 10.1 x 13.3 cm

Summary of Content: A two-color printed Christmas card reading "Season's Greetings. Third United States Army," showing a tank zipping over an image of France towards an arrow reading "Nach Berlin" (To Berlin). Red arrows spread across the northern France from Normandy. In the foreground, appearing underneath the map, people walk through the snow towards a church. The picture has been signed "Pvt. Petroff" at lower right.

Background Information:

People: Patton, George S. (George Smith)., 1885-1945

Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Subjects: ReligionMilitary HistoryGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsWorld War IISoldier's LetterFranceHolidays and Celebrations

Sub Era: World War II

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