EISENHOWER, Dwight D. V-E Day edition of Stars and Stripes signed ("Dwight D. Eisenhower"), as Supreme Allied Commander, 8 May 1945. 4 pages, folio (16 x 12 in.), signed along left edge, worn at creases, age toned.
EXTRA! IT'S OVER OVER HERE. "THE ALLIES TODAY PROCLAIMED TO THE WORLD THAT THE WAR AGAINST GERMANY IS OVER...". The most famous issue of the renowned GI-paper, signed by the man who made the victory possible. A somber German delegation entered Ike's Reims headquarters early in the morning of 7 May, consisting of General Gustaf Jodl, Admiral Karl Doenitz, Admiral Hans Georg von Friedburg and Jodl's aide, Major G. S. Wilhelm Oxenius. The signing of the instruments of surrender took only five minutes. Eisenhower declined to sit at the table with his vanquished foes, leaving his aide General Walter Bedell Smith to sign on behalf of the Americans.
An exhausted Eisenhower sent a terse telegram to his superiors in London and Washington: "The mission of this allied force was fulfilled at 0241 local time, May 7, 1945." He raised a celebratory glass of champagne with his staff and then went to bed. But the soldiers whose lives would now be spared were ecstatic. They eagerly turned to their trusted news source to get all the details. This is the Nice-Marseilles issue of Stars and Stripes, and its headline differs from those used on the "bulldog" edition that appeared at 9 p.m. on 7 May--"Germany Quits"--and that of the Paris edition: a simple, one-word "Victory." This edition has more of a feel for Franco-American history, and a slightly playful tone, evoking the famous World War I song "Over There," and its finale: "...and we wont come back til it's over Over There!" Now it was over and time to go home. Knowing just what their GI readers would be thinking, the paper includes another front-page story by the future star of CBS's "60 Minutes," Andy Rooney, titled "Good! When Do We Leave This Hole and Go Home?"