World War II
Patton writes: "I am taking three guns two rifeles and a shot gun 77 twenty two shells 20; 30-30 shells"
American general and tank commander; called "Old Blood and Guts. Very early Autograph Letter Signed "Geo S. Patton Jr.," 1½ pages, recto/verso, 12" x 8." Lake Vinyard, California, circa late 1890s. To Aunt Nannie, his mother's sister. Ink stains, folds. Very good condition. In full, "We start for Catilena in two hours and twenty three minutes. Mama is all right now; we just got your letter. I had some ballast sacks made for my boat, the sacks are thirty in number and weigh when filled with sand from fifty two sixty pounds a piece. We got two water mellons but they were green. Dot and Marmion [Patton's horse] will be turned out to day. Dot?s shews are off. I am taking my foot ball clothes over but I don?t believe I?ll play; nor go to Hick Cocks this year. Harrie Mellon may be on your train, I am taking three guns two rifeles and a shot gun 77 twenty two shells 20; 30-30 shells. Lance is going over with us. The mosquitoes are very bad and often bight clean through the soul of my shoes. I got a new dres suit vest and a new shirt, I have just come back from a good-by ride on Marmion before he is turned out he is fine. The fifth eye-lash from the left-side of my right eye has a pain in the little toe of its left foot but the doctor thinks it is nothing serious. I have tolde you all the news. With lots of love…" George's father had bought land and built a cottage on Santa Catalina Island in early 1895. The Pattons would go by buggy from their home to Long Beach where they would board the boat to the island, about 20 miles off the coast of southern California. Although young Patton could not spell very well, it is obvious from this letter that he loved Catalina, since he was counting the minutes until they left. It is also obvious that he was already a sportsman and owned a veritable arsenal of weapons.
Item Number: 13391
Photograph Signed "C.W. Nimitz, Fleet Admiral, USN," inscribed in his hand "To Dr. and Mrs. H.E. Barton - / with best wishes and great appreciation ." Black & white, 9" x 7.25 image, overall 14" x 11". One surface. Parts of inscription a tad light with adequate contrast. Light rippling. Dark facsimile Nimitz signature on photographic portion of image. Fine condition. On the morning of September 2, 1945, more than two weeks after accepting the Allies' terms, Japan formally surrendered. The ceremonies, less than half an hour long, took place on board the battleship USS "Missouri," anchored with other United States and British ships in Tokyo Bay. In this photograph, as the United States Representative, Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN, signs the Instrument of Surrender. Standing directly behind him are (left-to-right): General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, Admiral William F. Halsey, USN, and Rear Admiral Forrest Sherman, USN. James Howard McGrath represented Rhode Island in the U.S. Senate from January 3, 1947, until his resignation on August 23, 1949, having been appointed Attorney General by President Harry S. Truman.
Item Number: 13801
Blueprints of the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb with handwritten explanation of its components by the Weapons Officer of the Hiroshima Mission
Blue Print Hiroshima Bomb -Jeppson
Little Boy was the code name of the atomic bomb which was dropped on Hiroshima, on August 6, 1945 by the 12-man crew of the B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay. Here we have a black and white copy of a Blue print showing the first atomic bomb with handwritten explanations of the components and how it works, in the hand of a crew member who dropped this bomb on Hiroshima, Enola Gay's Weapons Test Officer Jeppson. Jeppson was one of only 2 men who was both at Los Alamos during the development and testing of the bomb and also on board the Enola Gay when it dropped the bomb. Jeppson has made handwritten notations showing where a bullet of U235 shoots into a mass of U235 to create a the atomic explosion. He writes on the blueprint, pointing out where the "uranium bullet" is, that shoots in "the uranium target ring" and explanations on how it worked. The design was a very conservative one that was as certain to work as any untested device can be. The design was complete by February 1945 and the actual bomb was ready for combat use by early May, 1945 - except for the U-235 pit. The Little Boy design used the gun method to explosively force a sub-critical mass of uranium-235 and three U-235 target rings together into a supercritical mass, initiating a nuclear chain reaction. This was accomplished by simply shooting one piece of the uranium the "projectile U235" into the other, namely, the "target U235", by means of a chemical explosives. Here Morris Jeppson, the Weapons Test Officer of the Enola Gay, has made handwritten notations explaining the main different parts of this Atomic Bomb, he writes: "Little Boy Bomb Weight about 5 tons". He draws arrows, labeling the "target U235" where the projectile 235 should hit. He points out the "hook to hang bomb in B29 Bomb Bay" that held the Bomb to the Enola Gay , the write "projectile U235" pointing to the bullet of U235 that will shout into the target . On the margin he explains in his hand: "The design of Little Boy used the gun assembly method. The bullet of U235 impacting the target of U235 produces a critical mass in a very short period of time - and the heavy nose casing contains critical conditions long enough for the nuclear reaction to proceed. During the flight I removed 3 green electrical plugs and replaced them with red coded plugs. This allowed the detonation voltage to go from fusing to the explosive that fired the projectile of U235 into the target of U235 when the bomb reached about 1500 feet above Hiroshima. Underneath his explanation, he signs "Morris Jeppson/ Weapons Test Officer/ Enola Gay Mission/ HIROSHIMA - 6 Aug. 1945" . The bomb was armed in flight, then Jeppson removed the safety plugs as describes on the document and as such was the last to touch Little Boy before it was dropped at approximately 8:15 a.m. (JST). Approximately 70,000 people were killed as a direct result of the blast, and a similar number were injured. Measure approx. 18" x 24". In excellent condition.
Item Number: 12519
Van Kirk, Navigator of the Enola Gay writes: "We turned to look at Hiroshima ...smoke and dust covering the city..."
Theodore Van Kirk
Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, Navigator of the "Enola Gay", the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Handwritten Autograph Letter Signed, 2 pages written on white unlined paper regarding the Hiroshima mission. Van Kirk writes both questions and answers in his own hand, in part, "Was your job as navigator easy for you on the plane to Hiroshima? For someone with the proper training and experience - which I had - the job was not hard, but it was demanding. Of course for the mission to be successful, the navigator had to be correct. What happened after the blast? When the bomb exploded we saw a bright flash. Afterwards, within seconds, the shock wave hit the airplane. It felt like a very close flak hit but it turned out to be a visible shock wave measured at about 3 G's. When that was over we turned to look at Hiroshima but could make no visual contact due to smoke and dust covering the city..." He signs, "Theodore J "Dutch" Van Kirk/ Navigator - Enola Gay/ 6 Aug 1945." A truly unique letter revealing exactly what the first atomic bomb explosion felt like from one of the few who saw it from the plane. Only 3 crew members of the Enola Gay had windows from which they could see the explosion. In excellent condition
Item Number: 12538
Enola Gay Weapons Officer Jeppson justifies the use of the Atomic Bomb and also feels sorrow for those killed, in a handwritten note on a Photo of Hiroshima after the blast
Morris Jeppson, Weapons Officer of the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, he was the last person to touch the bomb when he armed it on the plane. 11" x 8 1/2" black and white photo of Hiroshima after the devastation of the atomic bomb. Jeppson Inscribed with a historical note justifying the use of the Bomb and also feeling sarrow for those killed by it, He writes in his hand: "So many have written or spoken to me: Veterans of the War, who were to be in the invasion of Japan, AN INVASION THAT DID NOT HAPPEN Children and grandchildren, who say they might not be here today had the invasion occurred. Many, who suddenly in August 1945 found they would soon be home. Many in Japan today are alive because the war ended. There is sorrow for those killed or injured by the two Atomic bombings. But the war ended quickly. A worse future did not happen. Morris Jeppson -Weapon Test Officer -Enola Gay Mission- Hiroshima 6 Aug. 1945". Excellent condition.
Item Number: 12761
World War Two Imperial Japanese Army Officer's Sword and field service scabbard. This Shin-gunto katana of 39 inches overall length has a blade signed "Hisa Michi" and is dated Showa 18 (1943). The blade has areas of stains and pitting and has been cleaned. The brown painted scabbard shows some wear and the tsuka (hilt) wrap is soiled. The menuki and other fittings with flower design are all present. An evocative artifact of the Pacific Theater with obvious signs of extensive war use. This sword was styled to resemble the ‘Tachi’ sword type of the classic Samurai Kamakura period (1185-1332) as the Imperial Japanese Army wished to foster the code of Bushido (the way of the warrior) in its soldiers and these swords were a reminder of a legendary period in Japanese history where the Samurai warrior’s weapon embodied all that was honorable in the Japanese martial ethos. This type of sword replaced the earlier ‘Kyu- Gunto-’ or ‘Old Sword’ and was therefore collectively known as the ‘Shin Gunto-’ or ‘New Sword’. The main difference between the Type 98 swords and the earlier Type 94 swords was the removal of the second mounting ring or ‘Obi-Tori’ from the scabbard (‘saya’). There were considerable differences in quality of both blades and mounts for both types of sword and most utilized machine made blades. The minority, better quality, weapons were produced using traditional methods by individual swordsmiths. This particular blade appears to have been made by Hisa Michi, and bears the ‘Showa 18’ Stamp, indicating that this sword was produced in 1943. The maker and year of manufacture are expected to be displayed on the nagako (tang), however, the tsuka (hilt) has not been removed to reveal the nagako, so the maker and year of manufacture have not been confirmed. This sword displays clear evidence of operational use as the blade is marked with a number of nail-catcher nicks that are recognized by collectors as indicative of use. The Kamakura era type Koshirae profile blade of these ‘Tachi’ style swords was designed for cutting and thrusting and earned a reputation for robustness and utility. The blade on this sword is a very good example of the type. These ‘Shin Gunto-’ mounted swords were used by Commissioned Officers of the Imperial Japanese Army during WW2. They were very highly sought after by Australian, US and British troops as souvenirs. This weapon is almost certainly one of those battlefield mementos. This sword is fitted with Shin Gunto- mounts in very good original condition with a first class aged patina. The shinogi-zukuri shaped blade is in ‘good used’ condition. It’s in old polish with the usual surface staining and scratched striations consistent with age and use. The ‘muji hada’ (surface grain pattern) appears close and well-grained with no forging flaws visible anywhere. The hamon, the border between the tempered part of the ha [cutting edge] and the untempered part of the rest of the sword, is still clearly visible; The temper line is a an irregular wavy gunome midare pattern with a faint o-maru temper at the point. The tsuka (hilt) is first class with its original silk-cord wrapping over a ‘Mekugi’ (peg) and family ‘chrysanthemum’ menuki (grip ornaments). The tsuba (guard) is in the ‘Tembo’ style with a very good patina and two accompanying, matching, steel seppa. The saya (scabbard) is metal. The sword has not been restored or refurbished, other than professional adhesive strengthening to a single leather wrapping on the hilt which had become corroded and split. No part of the leather wrapping has been replaced and the strengthening was limited to what was necessary to prevent unravelling. otherwise in very good condition
Item Number: 12790
Weapons Officer on the Enola Gay Gives justifications for the use of the Atomic Bomb over Hiroshima and even additional atomic bombs to defeat Japan
Weapons officer of the Enola Gay on the Hiroshima mission the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. 1 page Autograph Letter Signed on white paper in which he answers the questions of a correspondent regarding the Hiroshima mission. Jeppson writes the questions and answers in his own hand, "Dear Sir, Okinawa was conquered in battles that cost many civilian lives. It was used as an example to massive casualties, U.S., Japanese military, and civilian, during a possible invasion of Japan. Declassified documents, both Japanese and U.S. War Department, estimated casualties far greater than from the atomic bombings of HIroshima and Nagasaki. So one may claim that use of the atomic bombs ended the war, stopped an invasion of Japan, and therefore saved lives. As far as I know, no one has reviewed the following question: What if, in spite of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and what if then, the invasion took place and was failing -- would more atomic bombs have been used in attempt to finally defeat Japan? Our small group of weapon test offices and support personnel had been setting up facilities on Tinian Island for a succession of atomic bombs as needed." He signs "Morris R. Jeppson/ Weapon Test Officer/ Enola Gay Mission/ Hiroshima 6 Aug. 1945". Historically, President Truman made the decision to drop the atomic bombs on Japan to bring about a quick resolution of the war . Gen. Spaatz was ordered to bomb one of the targets: "Hiroshima, Kokura, Niigata, or Nagasaki " as soon after August 3 as weather permitted and the remaining cities as additional weapons became available. A third bomb was ready to go if Japan had not surrendered. An amazing letter revealing the thoughts of an "Enola Gay" crew member of his mission and the use of even more atomic bombs on Japan. In excellent condition.
Item Number: 12570
The first attempt to limit the proliferation of the Atomic Bomb 1946 - With an inscription by the Navigator who dropped the first Atomic Bomb on prevention of atomic bomb manufacturing
Atomic Bomb Van Kirk
"The International Control of Atomic Energy: Scientific Information Transmitted to the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission June 14, 1946- October 14, 1946." Book Prepared by The Department of State, 6 x 9", 195, pages, soft cover. Inscribed and annotated inside by by Navigator Theodore Van Kirk who dropped the bomb on Hiroshima. Van Kirk writes in his hand on the title page: " As stated on p. 164, The best control measure for the prevention of atomic bomb manufacture are those intended to prevent the accumulation of the essential fissionable materials. Theodore Van Kirk - Navigator - Enola Gay 6 Aug. 1945" This was one of the first official reports to the U. N on controlling the proliferation of the A Bomb. Unfortunately for all of us an unsuccessful attempt. A historic association by someone who witnessed the first atomic explosion.
Item Number: 9975
MAPS WWII [GERMAN]
Collection of 10 German-made WWII-era maps. All printed in German, sometimes with foreign translations. Includes arial bombing maps of Chesterfield Tube Works, Great Britain (Dec. 1942), showing a geographical arial photograph of the factory area, and an overlay of roads, bridges and potential targets. The German forces tried to bomb Chesterfield and the railway tracks nearby, where the Tube Works produced important cylinders and compressors for the war effort. Instead, their bomb fell on a golf course 4 miles away, doing no harm. Bears the warning: "Nur fur den Diensfgebrauch" or "For Internal Use Only." 12"x12.5" (2 pg) Also includes a "Map of the Former Czechoslovakia" (In German: "Karte der ehemaligen Tschechoslowakei"). The German occupation of Czechoslovakia lasted from1938 to 1945, beginning with the Nazi annexation of the northern and western border regions, known collectively as the Sudetenland, under terms outlined by the Munich Agreement. Hitler's pretext for this effort was the alleged privations suffered by the ethnic German population living in those regions. Czechoslovakia was finally liberated with the Allied Victory in 1945. Map in black and white with red elevations. Bears the large tage at the top: "Sondersausgabe!" or "Special Edition!" Also includes a map of a Czech city which played an important part in World War II History. Situated at the very end of the Sudentenland, the borders of the Third Reich were literally on Plzen's outer limits. Occupied by Nazi forces starting in 1939, and divided by the loyalties of its half-German population, Plzen was finally liberated with the rest of Czechoslovakia in 1945. The map is written in German with Czech translation of each heading. It has seen substantial use and the key has been cut out of the upper left side. 37"x27" Koln - German map - Near mint condition. 22x17". Translates to "Cologne" which is a city in Germany. Umgebung von Wein - German. 44x34" "Deutschesreich" translates to "German Empire"- western half- 56x42" extra large German map - over outline map - no date Frankreich - same as German Empire. Shows paris and london. Italien - same as above. "Blatt Sudost" Translates to "Southeast Sheet" - Ubersichtskarte translates to "Overview Map" - 56x42". Color. Attractive gold, pink, and blue. 1:1,000,000.See photos. no date. Very nice condition on printed side.
Item Number: 14430
American WWII General. Vintage matte-finish 8" x 10" photo of Macarthur in his Army uniform, signed in fountain pen "Douglas Macarthur." Triple-matted to an overall size of 11 x 14. In fine condition, with a slight crease to the background.
Item Number: 13955
MAPS WWII [AMERICAN U.S.]
Archive of 9 large World War II Maps, these maps were used by US troops during the liberation of Europe. RARE ORIGINAL WORLD WAR TWO VINTAGE ALLIED FORCES EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS Maps of German cities and one of Paris France. Comes from a WW2 US Army Soldier. Magdeburg, Germany map - US Army Air Map of Magdeburg "First Edition" Sheet M.53 1:250,000. 1943. With handwriting in upper right corner. 30x26" Kassel,Germany map- US Printed Map of Kassel region of Germany. "Emergency Road Map." Color. First Edition. sheet L52 Based on 1938 map supplemented by other sources collected during the war. 22x28" Dusseldorf ,Germany map- same as above, but faded and with some highlighting, some writing. sheet k52 Hanover, Germany map- same as above, sheet L53. Printed 1943. Berlin, Germany map- similar to above but "Army/Air" not Emergency Road. Sheet N53. Published by War Office 1943 Halle, Germany map- ( Halle (Saale) is a city in the southern part of the German state Saxony-Anhal. Sheet M52. "War and Navy Department Agencies only. Not for sale or distribution." 1943. Wernigerode, Germany- (town in the district of Harz, Saxony-Anhalt, German), 19x24. Sheet 4130. FIrst Edition. US "Pubblished by War Office, 1944." B&W. exposed to water. Hardened. y Julich, Germany- (town in the district of Düren, in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany) "Published by War Office 1944." G.S.G.S. No. 4507. 35x30" Paris, France map - 42x34 - U.S. 1944. The Liberation of Paris took place from 19 August 1944 until the German garrison surrendered on 25 August 1944. Paris had been ruled by Nazi Germany since the signing of the Second Compiègne Armistice on 22 June 1940.
Item Number: 14434
Navigator on the "Enola Gay" Van Kirk writes the civilian death toll and his justification for the use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on a Photo of Hiroshima After the Atomic Blast
Atomic bomb Van Kirk
Navigator on the "Enola Gay", the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, August 6, 1945. Signed Photo, 8 1/2 x 11 ", black and white photo of a few foundations and burnt trees after the devastation on Hiroshima. Inscribed with a historical note by Dutch Van Kirk mentioning the number of civilian deaths and giving justifications for the civilian deaths of Hiroshima: "Hiroshima was the primary target. Our crew was ordered to drop the bomb on Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945 - The number of killed and missing was 80,000. but The atomic bomb saved the lives of all the American and Japanese that would have died in the planned invasion of the Japanese home islands. -Theodore J. 'Dutch' Van Kirk, Navigator-Enola Gay , 6 Aug 1945." In excellent condition.
Item Number: 12747
Van Kirk writes his eyewitness account of the Bombing of Hiroshima on a Photo: The bomb fell away from the aircraft at 0915:17 Tinian time. It hit right on target on the Aioi Bridge in Hiroshima.. was covered with smoke
Atomic bomb Van Kirk
Navigator on the "Enola Gay", the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, August 6, 1945. Signed Photo, 8 1/2 x 11 ", black and white photo of a few foundations and burnt trees after the devastation on Hiroshima. Inscribed with a historical note by Dutch Van Kirk giving justifications for use of the bomb over Hiroshima: "The bomb fell away from the aircraft at 0915:17 Tinian time. It hit right on target on the Aioi Bridge in Hiroshima..The first thing we saw was a big white cloud. Hiroshima was covered with smoke and dust. We knew it was going to cause tremendous damage, but ended the war by using the Bomb. -Theodore J. 'Dutch' Van Kirk , Navigator-Enola Gay , 6 Aug 1945." In excellent condition.
Item Number: 12745
Enola Gay Weapons Officer Morris Jeppson writes his justification for the civilian deaths of Hiroshima on a Photo of Hiroshima after the A-bomb
Morris Jeppson, Weapons Officer of the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, he was the last person to touch the bomb when he armed it on the plane. 8" x 8 1/2" black and white photo of the Atomic dome in Hiroshima after the devastation of the atomic bomb. Inscribed with a historical note giving justifications for the civilian deaths of Hiroshima, by Enola Gay Weapons Officer Morris Jeppson: "Okinawa was conquered in battles that cost many civilian lives. It was used as an example of massive casualties, U.S. Japanese military, and civilians, during a possible invasion of Japan. Declassified documents, both Japanese and U.S. War Department, estimated casualties for greater than from the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Morris Jeppson -Weapon Test Officer -Enola Gay Mission- Hiroshima 6 Aug. 1945". Excellent condition.
Item Number: 12753
" the bomb was dropped on target. It was probably the most important moment of the war. 43 seconds later, the atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima, destroying the city and ushering in the dawn of the Nuclear Age.."
atomic bomb Van Kirk
Navigator on the "Enola Gay", the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, August 6, 1945. Amazing Atomic Bomb content Typed Letter Signed, with some handwritten corrections. This letter has important details of the events from one of crew members that dropped the bomb. 1 page, in part "...The selected target became Hiroshima...This specific uranium-235 atomic bomb had never been tested. .no atomic bomb had ever been dropped from a plane. Approximately 30 minutes into the flight the bomb was armed. .., I placed the B-29 over target within seventeen seconds of the scheduled drop time of 0915. The Atomic bomb was dropped. Ground zero was set at 1,980 feet. At 0915 hours, the bomb was dropped on target. It was probably the most important moment of the war. Forty three seconds later, the atomic bomb called 'Little Boy' exploded over Hiroshima, destroying the city and ushering in the dawn of the Nuclear Age." Signed and corrected in blue "Theodore J 'Dutch' Van Kirk". In excellent condition.
Item Number: 10757
"Dropping the two atomic bombs, ours over Hiroshima and theirs over Nagasaki, shortened the war and saved many Japanese and American lives .."
Theodore Van Kirk
Navigator on the "Enola Gay", the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, August 6, 1945. Signed book, "War's End" by Charles W. Sweeney. Hard cover, with dust jacket, 290 pages. On title page Van Kirk writes, "Although there are many historical errors in this book, Sweeney's thesis in the introduction; dropping the two atomic bombs, ours over Hiroshima and theirs over Nagasaki, shortened the war and saved many Japanese and American lives is correct." Signed "Theodore J. 'Dutch' Van Kirk - Navigator Enola Gay August 6, 1945". In excellent condition.
Item Number: 11453
Signed Book on the Atomic Bomb with handwritten inscription: "The number of killed and missing, are about the same at 80,000 for Hiroshima"
Theodore Van Kirk
Navigator on the "Enola Gay", the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, August 6, 1945. Signed Book "Fear, War and the Bomb" written by Nobel Prize winner P.M.S Blackett, hardcover with dust jacket, 244 pages. Signed on first page by "Theodore 'Dutch' Van Kirk, Navigator Enola Gay, Hiroshima, 6 Aug. 1945" Van Kirk writes entirely in his hand: "Page 40 compares the effect of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs to the Tokyo fire raid of March 1945. The number of killed and missing, are about the same at 80,000 for Hiroshima and the Tokyo fire raid. But the shock of Hiroshima was necessary to force the Japanese to surrender." The book cover has wear and tears. The hardcover and the inside pages are in very good condition.
Item Number: 11735
1945- US Landing Force Original Memo: "Japanese have agreed to disarm and demilitarize the Tokyo Bay Area..Allied Nations have long awaited the news that we are soon to announce."
Memo World WarII
Original item from W.W.II Reuters Correspondent David Brown who was attached to Third Fleet Landing Force- Japan. Archive of two items. Not dated but circa August 1945 as it related to the occupation of Tokyo, Declaring the end of the war, 7 pages. Titled "Memorandum To Correspondents- Third Fleet Landing Force - William T. Clement, Brigadier General, U.S. Marine Corps." In part "...Disarmed Japanese Military and Naval personnel will be treated with dignity while in our custody..while the Japanese have agreed to disarm and demilitarize the Tokyo Bay Area the possibility of treacherous employment of all weapons can not be overlooked... Troops will carry pieces loaded.. they will open fire only when fired upon... The people of the United States and Allied Nations have long awaited the news that we are soon to announce. My wishes for your success are with you. Wm. T. Clement". Includes pages of instructions, public info., assignments, changes in assignments, transfers from Naval Bases, etc. Also includes Correspondent David Brown's I.D. card. In excellent condition.
Item Number: 10288
Diagram of the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb with handwritten explanation of its components by the Weapons Officer on the Hiroshima mission
Hiroshima Bomb Diagram Jeppson
Little Boy was the code name of the atomic bomb which was dropped on Hiroshima, on August 6, 1945 by the 12-man crew of the B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay. 1 page black and white diagram showing the first atomic bomb with handwritten explanations of the components and how it works, in the hand of a crew member who dropped this bomb on Hiroshima, Enola Gay's Weapons Test Officer Jeppson. Jeppson was one of only 2 men who was both at Los Alamos during the development and testing of the bomb and also on board the Enola Gay when it dropped the bomb. Here Morris Jeppson, the Weapons Officer of the Enola Gay, has made handwritten notations explaining the main different parts of this Atomic Bomb. He draws arrows, labeling the "target U235" where the "projectile 235" should hit the "target": and explains that it will "Become a critical mass with projectile". He adds labels to explain the location of the "electric detonator", the "gun barrel" and "one of 4 radar antennas." He signs at the bottom "Morris Jeppson / Weapon Test Officer / Enola Gay Mission / HIROSHIMA 6 Aug. 1945"
Item Number: 12578
Pilot of the historic "Enola Gay" which dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, August 9, 1945. 8 1/2 " x 11" copy of the "Escape Maneuver for Atomic Mission". The diagram includes drawings of different plane routes, as well as the headline, "Primary Target Hiroshima, Japan". Also signed by Jacob Beser, the radar specialist aboard the Enola Gay. Signed, "Paul W. Tibbets 3-12-90" and "Jacob Beser 7/22/90". A minor ink smudge on the right lower half of the paper not affecting diagram or signatures. Otherwise, in excellent condition.
Item Number: 13043
American Soldier Letter the Day After D-Day "..was certainly news about the invasion... they were waiting for the Russians to take Berlin before they made the landing.. "
On June 6, 1944, Allied forces, commanded by Dwight Eisenhower, landed on five Normandy beaches. This began the invasion of Europe and the end of World War II less than a year later. Handwritten Autograph Letter Signed, 2 pages, 5 x 8", dated June 7, 1944, San Francisco. An American soldier writes to his parents, "'Was certainly news about the Invasion, it makes our end out here seem like an old maids tea party. I was afraid that they were waiting for the Russians to take Berlin before they made the landing, I only pray that it is over shortly over there so we can throw all of our weight against the 'Nips'. I'm glad, too, that we took Rome so easily, it would have been a shame (quite an understatement) to had had to shell or bomb the city into submission..." Signed "Maurice". In excellent condition.
Item Number: 9510
Caron Tibbets and
Tibbets the Pilot and Caron the tail gunner of the historic "Enola Gay" which dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, August 9, 1945. 7 1/2" x 10" black and white photo of the atomic bomb explosion at Hiroshima. Signed by both "Paul W. Tibbets - Pilot -Enola Gay 8/6/45" and "George R. Caron Hiroshima 8/6/45". In excellent condition.
Item Number: 13047
Bombardier Thomas W. Ferebee Signed Typescript Message From the Japanese Home Service After the Drop of Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima
Signed a typescript from the Japanese Home Service KON 630 KCS at 6:00 AM Tuesday 8/7 in part: “A small number of B-twenty-nines penetrated into Hiroshima city a little after eight AM yesterday morning and dropped a small number of bombs. As a result a considerable number of homes were reduced to ashes and fires broke out in various parts of the city...The enemy has exposed his cold bloodeness and atrocious nature more and more in killing innocent people by the use of this new-type bomb...It is believed that the enemy, being faced with difficult conditions, is feeling rushed to turn the war into one of short duration. As frequently pointed out in the past, the people must watch themselves against underrating the enemy simply because he has carried out raids with a small number of planes. The enemy has been carrying out large-scale propaganda on the effectiveness of this new-type bomb since using these bombs, but as long as we formulate strong steel-like measures to cope with this bomb, it will be possible to keep damage to a minimum...We must be careful at all times so that we will not fall victim to the enemy's machinations.” Signed at bottom "Thomas W. Ferebee," the bombardier who dropped the atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima in WWII. In excellent condition.
Item Number: 11875
The Axis in Defeat World War II
A 1946 official booklet about surrender documents of the Axis. Titled "The Axis In Defeat - A Collection of Documents on American Policy Toward Germany and Japan". Printed Booklet, 118 pages. year 1946. Printed by the US Dept. of State . Text of the surrender documents signed by the Germans and also the Japanese surrender document, the authority of Gen. Mac Arthur as SCAP, the official Declaration regarding the Defeat of Germany. Covers aged, two pages creased otherwise good.
Item Number: 9529
Gunner of the Plane that dropped Atomic Bomb attempting to buy photos of the mushroom cloud created A-Bomb
Tail-gunner on the Enola Gay, plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Handwritten Autograph Letter Signed, "George", 1 page, no date., 4 x 5", to deceased autograph dealer Joe Fawls. Caron writes, "...What would be the chances of getting some mushroom [explosion of Hiroshima] 8 x 10s from you.. you said your guy gave you a good price..The place I go it takes 200 to get a decent price and I'll never need anywhere near that many. I've sold a few to friends in Denver.. George". Tail-gunner on the Enola Gay is attempting to buy photos of the mushroom cloud created by the Hiroshima atomic explosion, so he can make money from it. In excellent condition.
Item Number: 10682
Tail-gunner on the Enola Gay, plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Handwritten Autograph Letter Signed, "George", 2 pages, on lines paper, dated April 7, 1993, 8 1/2"X11", to deceased autograph dealer Joe Fawls. Caron writes, "...Haven't heard from you in awhile - hope...your selling lots of autographs. ..I've been selling a few mushroom 8 x 10's [image of the mushroom cloud above Hiroshima due to the Atom Bomb] to friends...One time you told me you had a good photo shop that printed them up at a good price. I'd like to buy 5 or 6...Talked to Paul [Tibbets, pilot of plane that dropped the A-Bomb] a couple of weeks ago; he's back in Columbus. Clark is back selling his book...Paul said he's supposed to get a 50-50 split. He won't sign tho. He did sign the 2 for the wife and I..." In excellent condition.
Item Number: 10259
Thomas Ferebee, bombardier of the Enola Gay. Japanese war currency, issued during World War II, and printed in English. "Five Pesos" bill signed on the back "Thomas W. Ferebee/ Bombardier Enola Gay/ Over Hiroshima Japan, Aug. 6, 1945" in black ink. Stamped on the front in purple ink "Compiled By". Initialed "BK" on front in lower right corner in pencil. Foxed, some small tears around the edges, in good condition.
Item Number: 12334
Bombardier of the First Atomic Bomb Signed Message of the Japanese Home Service After Hiroshima; "in killing innocent people by the use of this new-type bomb..."
Enola Gay Ferebee
Thomas W. Ferebee Signed Typescript from the Japanese Home Service KON 630 KCS at 6:00 AM Tuesday 8/7 which reads, in part: “A small number of B-twenty-nines penetrated into Hiroshima city a little after eight AM yesterday morning and dropped a small number of bombs. As a result a considerable number of homes were reduced to ashes and fires broke out in various parts of the city...The enemy has exposed his cold bloodeness and atrocious nature more and more in killing innocent people by the use of this new-type bomb. ... The enemy has been carrying out large-scale propaganda on the effectiveness of this new-type bomb since using these bombs, but as long as we formulate strong steel-like measures to cope with this bomb, it will be possible to keep damage to a minimum...” Signed at bottom "Thomas W. Ferebee," the bombardier who dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in World War II. In excellent condition.
Item Number: 11878
Thomas Ferebee, bombardier of the Enola Gay. Japanese war currency, issued during World War II, and printed in English. "Ten Pesos" bill signed on the front "Thomas W. Ferebee/ Bombardier Enola Gay/ Over Hiroshima Japan, Aug. 6, 1945" in black ink. Stamped on the back in purple ink "Japanese War Notes Received". Initialed "BK" on back in lower right corner in pencil. Some tearing and foxing around the edges, otherwise in very good condition.
Item Number: 12333
Gunner of the Plane that dropped the Atomic Bomb: "Doc put me on little A bombs which didn't react to well.."
Tail-gunner on the Enola Gay, plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Handwritten Autograph Letter Signed, "George", 2 pages, August 5, 1993, 8 x 11", Caron writes in his hand "...The news about your son must have been devastating ... Goddamn drugs are a curse to mankind ..my concern for you was growing by the day .. if I could have afforded it, I would have grapped a plane and went down there. Bouts of severe depression must be terrible... I sure hope your doc can come up with something to help. Just last week there was a long story in the paper about PROZAC... I haven't been well... The damn bronchitis settled into walking pneumonia.. doc put me on little A bombs which didn't react too favorably..." Signed "George". In excellent condition.
Item Number: 11309
Thomas Ferebee, bombardier of the Enola Gay. Japanese war currency, issued during World War II, and printed in English. "Five Centavos" bill signed on the front and back "Thomas W. Ferebee Bombardier Enola Gay Aug 6, 1945" in black ink. Initialed "BK" in lower right corner in pencil. Excellent condition.
Item Number: 12331
Thomas Ferebee, bombardier of the Enola Gay. Japanese war currency, issued during World War II, and printed in English. "Fifty Centavos" bill signed on the front "Thomas W. Ferebee Bombardier Enola Gay Aug. 6, 1945" in black ink. Initialed "BK" on back in lower right corner in pencil. Excellent condition.
Item Number: 12332
ORIGINAL May 7, 1945 edition [ the day the war ended in Europe] of the Daily Advance, published in Lynchburg, Virginia. Lynchburg is quite close to Bedford, Virginia, a small town which lost a record number of servicemen (in proportion to its population) on D Day. The headline story begins, "Germany surrendered unconditionally to the Western Allies and Russia at 2:41 A.M. French time today." There is also an interesting separate article on the front page with the headline, NAZIS BURNED HITLER HOME." There is also a reference in a front page article to Britain and her old WWI mandates, such as Palestine. An article on an inside page reports on Oswiecim concentration camp in Poland where over four million people of various nationalities were killed. Very good condition with folds.
Item Number: 10118
Complete newspaper. The Augusta Herald, V-E Day Edition, May 8, 1945 with headlines reading "V-E DAY HAILED, Truman and Churchill Proclaim Full Victory", "Isolated Pockets of Nazi Troops Still Resisting Despite V-E Day", "President Truman Proclaims End of War Against Germany". Usual toning and wear, in very good condition.
Item Number: 9973
Complete newspaper. Atlanta Journal , August 6, 1945. Final Home Edition. Headlines include "Atomic Power Bomb Loosed on Jap Cities", "Death Charge Equals 20,00- Tons of TNT", "Japs Fail to Scratch New Hornet In Terrific 14-month War Cruise". Signed by the Navigator of the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Theodore Van Kirk. Usual wear, in good condition.
Item Number: 9972
Fascinating World War II Newspaper. Daily Express, dated Wednesday, March 28, 1945. "GERMANS IN THE WEST ARE WHIPPED - AT LAST - COLLAPSE". Large map shows drive into Germany. On back page is the last photo taken of Hitler shaking hands with a Hitler Youth, at unspecified headquarters (outside the famous bunker in Berlin). Photo taken shortly before Hitler's suicide. Newspaper also includes photo of German Doktor Karl Schnurre and photo of dead German soldiers. In excellent condition.
Item Number: 5860
Pearl Harbor got America into World War II, 'The Day That Will Live in Infamy'. "Youngstown Vindicator" Newspaper of Youngstown Ohio, December 8, 1941, 17" x 23", complete in 30 pages. Stacked headline declares, "Bombs Batter Manila / 1,500 Killed, 2 Ships Sunk at Hawaii / War Declared by U. S." Illustrated with 2 photos of U. S. Battleships and a map of the Pacific theater of war. Secondary headlines include "Raiders Fire Gasoline Dumb Terrific Damage Reported at Philippine Capital; 1,500 Din in Hawaii", "U. S. Fleet Will Press Blockade", U. S. Battleships Reported Damaged, Sunk", and "Congress Acts Against Japan Senate Ballots 82-0, House 388 to 1 After President Makes Personal Request". Interior page shows photos of American jeeps, planes, and military installments. Some light foxing, and a few very small tears at the fold. In very good condition.
Item Number: 12718
Pilot of the historic "Enola Gay" which dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, August 9, 1945. Signed Photo book, written and autographed by General Paul Tibbets. Hard cover, 9 x 12", with numerous photos. Subject is the famous 509th USAF squadron and the story of the first atomic bombardment. Signed in blue " Paul W. Tibbets". In excellent condition.
Item Number: 10667
Richard Nelson the 19 year old Radio Operator of the "Enola Gay", which dropped the 1st Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima, August 6, 1945. Signed check, dated January 15,1996, drawn on Bank of America, Riverside, California. Completed in his hand. Very good condition.
Item Number: 9836
Mark W. Clark
American WWII General and Commander of United Nations (U.N.). Forces in Korea from May 12, 1952, to October 7, 1953. Typed letter signed, 1 pages, 6 x 8.5", dated January 10, 1964 on The Citadel-The Military College of South Carolina letterhead. Mark writes, "I have your letter of January 8, and am happy that you would like to have me autograph covers for you three students. You will find them enclosed" Signed boldly in black ink "Mark W. Clark". In excellent condition.
Item Number: 8979
A set of vintage black & white photos from Iran during the 1940's. The first image captures the typical early 20th century Persian architecture with oriental doorways and several horse drawn carriages and wagons making their way through the streets of Tehran. One carriage in the forefront is collecting and transporting a load of imported rubber tires for the war effort. Image size: 8.5" x 6.75". In the second image we can see a long and winding convoy of American trucks during WWII, loaded with American goods for Russia, proceeding along a rugged mountain road in northern Iran. Image size: 7"x 9." The first photo has slight waving to middle edges, bottom left corner bumped. Overall both images in very good condition.
Item Number: 14928
WW II Allied Propaganda
Allied Propaganda Leaflet telling Germans that the war is lost and they have no leadership. These flyers were usually dropped by allied planes on German territory to get German soldiers to surrender. Interestingly the leaflet reproduces artwork from a 1940 German Red Cross Relief card drawn by Georg Sluyterman von Langeweyde. 4" x 6". Great piece of WW II History. Creased, tiny burn marks at the bottom not affecting text.
Item Number: 12733
V-mail Word War II
During WW II, V-mail system was adopted by the US Post Office in 1942 to save space. The weight of 150,000 letters was reduced from 2,575 pounds to a mere 45. V-mail consisted of miniaturized messages reproduced by microphotography. Individual facsimiles were reproduced in the States and then delivered to the addressee. Lot of 42 War & Navy V-Mail from WW II from one officer to his family. All dated between 1943 and 1945, each about 4 x 5", These 42 letters are from Capt. W.H. Minnich in original transmittal envelope with post marked date. Mostly personal correspondence to family but some interesting comments: dated May 21, 1945 "..All I want now is for the war to end and then an early return home. I hope to do that in another year, after all these Germans and Japs can't fight forever.."
Item Number: 9008
Fred Olivi was the copilot that dropped the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan on August 9th,1945. Signed composite photo of the plane that dropped the bomb, the Atomic Bomb itself and an image of the mushroom cloud from the explosion, 8x10" b/w. Signature is bold, "Fred Olivi- Co-Pilot "Bockscar", glossy photo. In excellent condition.
Item Number: 10116
V-mail Word War II
During WW II, V-mail system was adopted by the US Post Office in 1942 to save space. The weight of 150,000 letters was reduced from 2,575 pounds to a mere 45. V-mail consisted of miniaturized messages reproduced by microphotography. Individual facsimiles were reproduced in the States and then delivered to the addressee. Lot of 12 War & Navy V-Mail from WW II from one officer to his family. All dated between 1943 and 1945, each about 4 x 5", These 12 letters are from Capt. W.H. Minnich in original transmittal envelope with post marked date. Mostly personal correspondence to family but some interesting comments: December 18, 1944 "..This war is a terrible thing and I for one shall be glad when its all over..", "..It won't be long until it gets cold again and I hope by then the Germans will have enough.."
Item Number: 9009