ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Five typed letters signed ("Franklin D. Roosevelt" or "FDR"), as President, to various correspondents, 23 March 1939 - 10 March 1945. Together 5 pages, 4to, White House stationery, one with original White House envelope, two with punchholes at top.
FDR AT WAR: ANZIO, NORTH AFRICA, BUZZ-BOMBS AND STAMPS
23 March 1939, the former Assistant Secretary of the Navy writes to Admiral Claude C. Bloch: Roosevelt is pleased at "the progress made in recent anti-aircraft practices. Particular proficiency in this branch of gunnery is a matter in which I am extremely interested, as you undoubtedly know." He asks for written reports critiquing "Fleet Exercise Twenty"; 19 November 1942: Ten days after Americans landed in North Africa to join the ground war against Nazi Germany, FDR writes Miss Gertrude Ely of Pennsylvania: "Ever so many thanks for your wire. Things certainly look happier this week than for some time past."; 26 June 1944, to serviceman Alfred Schwartz, Italian campaign and his favorite collecting pastime: "It's wonderful that, even in the strain of the campaign on the Anzio Beachhead, you should remember my interest in stamps. Those covers you were so good as to send me are a unique addition to my collection. Thank you very, very much."; 27 November 1944, concerning a report on the Freedom of the Town ceremony held at Wallasey, England, which was, "a touching tribute to our boys and an expression of the mutual affection and respect which have developed during their stay in England..." He consoles his correspondent, Dame Crowdy, over the loss of her house in a V-1 "flying bomb" attack.; 10 March 1945, to Jo Forrestal, wife of Navy Secretary James Forrestal: Roosevelt sends thanks for a Christmas present. Just returned from his exhausting trip to the Yalta Conference, Roosevelt had barely a month to live. Together 5 items. (5)