Conflicts of the 20th Century

Bonhams London
New York

Date of the auction: 29.01.2021

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THE DEATH OF PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT.

Forrestal, James. Naval teletype message from SECNAV to ALNAV announcing the news of the death of President Roosevelt on 12th April. US Naval Communications Office, Banana River, Florida, 13APR45. Teletype message, 8vo. Marked priority with pencil annotation at upper right M.U.U. Old fold lines with

Lot #: 55

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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WORLD WAR II: THE FIRST SURRENDER OF GERMAN FORCES AT LUNEBURG HEATH.

An official British Signal informing the 21st Army Group to cease Offensive Operations immediately and ceasefire the following day.. Dated [May] 4 2050 hours. A single 8vo roneo sheet, purple ink, likely distributed to officers of the 21st Army spread around Denmark, the Netherland and Northern

Lot #: 56

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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PEARL HARBOR: A FRUIT BOWL FROM THE U.S.S. ARIZONA.

Newcastle, PA: [c.1930.] A Shenango China United States Navy fruit bowl from the USS Arizona, the rim stamped USN. Diameter 175 mm. (7 inches.) The base stamped with the Shenango name and device, and stenciled in black under the glaze, "USS Arizona." Some light marks and wear through use. All items

Lot #: 57

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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US JAPANESE-AMERICAN INTERNMENT POSTER: CIVILIAN EXCLUSION ORDER.

Western Defense Command and Fourth Army Wartime Civil Control Administration. Instructions to all persons of Japanese ancestry living in the following area: all of that portion of the City of Los Angeles.. Presidio of San Francisco, California, May 22 1942. Official military poster printed in black

Lot #: 58

Estimate: US$700 - US$1,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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PACIFIC THEATER: RAF CBI BLOOD CHIT.

S.E. Asia: 1942-45. A rectangular white rayon cloth, printed on one side with the British Union Jack flag at upper left, with texts below in English and other languages, "Dear Friend, I am an Allied fighter. I did not come here to do any harm to you who are my friends. I only want to do harm to the

Lot #: 59

Estimate: US$500 - US$800

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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PACIFIC THEATER: USAAF AIRMAN'S ESCAPE PACK.

[USA: 1942-45.] An interesting USAAF Airman's Escape pack, comprising: 1. A small brown canvas carrying bag with a small 48 star US National flag sewn on the outside, draw string. 275 x 195mm. (11 x 8 inches.) 2. An AAF colored rayon aeronautical map, double-sided, with a map of the Northern

Lot #: 60

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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THE IWO JIMA FLAG RAISING.

Rosenthal, Joseph. War Photographer. 1911-2006. Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, with a mint sheet of 50 3c stamps, signed. [Later signed c.1950.] A copy photograph of the Flag Raising on Mount Suribachi, taken by Rosenthal, and here inscribed and signed in ball point pen by Rosenthal, "US Marines

Lot #: 61

Estimate: US$10,000 - US$15,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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FELIX DE WELDON, SCULPTOR 1907-2003.

"The Flag Raising on Iwo Jima" Statue. [Italy: 1945.] A cast metal small statue of the first Iwo Jima Monument, modelled on the famous "Raising of the Flag" photograph by Rosenthal, and built and erected in the Washington Mall in 1945. This model lettered "The Flag Raising on Iwo Jima" along one

Lot #: 62

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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A gold painted plaster bas-relief plaque of the Raising of the Flag on Iwo Jima. [Washington: c. 1950-54.] A plaster bas-relief plaque of the Iwo Jima flag raising, this example painted in gold. 285 x 240mm. (11 x 9.25 inches.) Provenance: The Estate of Felix de Weldon; The War Museum, and exhibited

Lot #: 63

Estimate: US$500 - US$800

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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FELIX DE WELDON. SCULPTOR. 1907-2003. The plaster maquette model for one of the three figures in the American Soldiers Statue at the Military Academy at West Point. [Washington: late 1970s.] A green painted plaster statue of an American soldier, standing in the "Follow me" pose, beckoning to the

Lot #: 64

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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TWO 13-STAR US NAVY BOAT FLAGS.

[USA: first half of 20th century.] A large 13 star "boat" flag for naval use on launches and tenders. Light wool, the stars in linen stitched onto the canton in a 3-2-3-2-3 pattern, 13 stripes. 1000 x 1820mm. The hoist with brass grommets, stenciled '6 x 3' (feet). Lightly discolored through age

Lot #: 65

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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48 STAR AMERICAN FLAG, FOR NAVAL USE.

[USA: 1940s.] A large 48 star American flag, for a capital ship. 1450 x 2870 mm. (57 x 120 inches.) The hoist unmarked, brass grommets, the stars attached with Z stitching. Some light discoloration, and staining. A large size American Naval flag for an unknown capital vessel

Lot #: 66

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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US NAVY UNION JACK AND CEREMONIAL US 48-STAR FLAG.

[1944-45.] A nylon late World War II period US Navy Union Jack, blue ground with 48 embroidered stars, with a turn in to take a pole at the header. 1300 x 1700 mm. (51 x 67 inches.): Together with a large WW2 period 48-star woolen ceremonial National Flag with a gold tasseled fringe, and turn in at

Lot #: 67

Estimate: US$700 - US$1,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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JAPANESE TYPE 92 FIELD TELEPHONE.

[Japan: 1940-45.] A standard Type 92 Japanese military Field phone, with separata metal ear and mouth pieces, and winding crank, drop down front panel, and hinged lid, the phone encased in a wooden box, the inside of the lid with instructions in Japanese, metal label on the front panel with makers

Lot #: 68

Estimate: US$500 - US$800

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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IMPERIAL JAPANESE ARMY: SHIN GUNTO OFFICERS SWORD.

A Type 98 Officers Shin Gunto sword. [Japan: 1943-44.] A ceremonial Japanese Army sword, with a dulled steel blade, tsuba and handle, two brown tassel cords, the scabbard of painted wood, with painted-metal decoration, and one mounting point. Length 970 mm. 38 inches. The Type 98 was adapted from

Lot #: 69

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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A JAPANESE IMPERIAL NAVY PARADE SWORD.

[Japan: 1940-44.] A Japanese Naval Officers sword, with dulled steel blade, without tsuba, a composite and wire over wood grip, wood-lined metal scabbard with one mounting point. Some corrosion to the outside of the scabbard, lacking the pommel and the two securing pins on the handle. Length 900 mm

Lot #: 70

Estimate: US$600 - US$800

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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IMPERIAL JAPANESE NAVY: A SUBMARINE FLAG FOR PERAK 131.

[Handed over by a Japanese Captain when he surrendered his vessel in 1945.] A white linen Japanese submarine flag, with machine sewn cut in pieces, comprising a central red star, and 4 sea blue wave effects, the hoist arranged to take a wooden pole, so the flag can be flown. 510 x 860 mm. (20 x 33.5

Lot #: 71

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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JAPANESE ARMY WINTER MITTENS.

[Japan: 1941-45.] Two pairs of Japanese Army leather mittens, a winter pair for extreme cold, with padded liner and rabbit fur cuff, the other, a late war pair, with leather hand section, but with a cheaper cardboard cuff; Together with a leather flying helmet, kid lined, with its leather strap; and

Lot #: 72

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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JAPANESE IMPERIAL MILITARY SAKE CUPS.

[Japan: 1920-45.] A Collection of approximately 128 small commemorative porcelain sake cups, in white, red, blue and green, diameters c.45mm. Each painted with a design denoting a Japanese Army Regiment incorporating an arrangement of helmets, flowers and national flags. A few cups very lightly

Lot #: 73

Estimate: US$700 - US$1,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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JAPANESE IMPERIAL MILITARY LACQUERWARE.

[Japan: 1930-45] A Collection of red and black commemorative military lacquerware pieces, comprising 4 trays to carry sake cups, in both red and black, 5 plates with the same pattern, and 3 sets of 3 different sized bowls, 2 of these sets in their original wooden boxes; together with 4 miscellaneous

Lot #: 74

Estimate: US$500 - US$800

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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AMERICAN PROPAGANDA LEAFLET: JAPANESE BOMBING WARNING.

American Propaganda leaflet in Japanese, warning the Japanese population, to evacuate key named cities as they were about to be heavily bombed by the American Air Force. Dropped by American plane, late July, 1945. Single small format sheet. Small 8vo, 135 x 215mm. (5.5 x 8.5 inches.) Japanese text

Lot #: 75

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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DROPPING OF THE ATOMIC BOMB ON HIROSHIMA.

Color photograph of the Enola Gay with Bockscar in the background, signed by members of the flight crews of the Enola Gay and Bockscar. Kodachrome photograph originally taken by the Armament Officer, Jack Wright at Tinian Island airbase in August 1945. [Reproduced after 1995 from his color slides

Lot #: 76

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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DROPPING OF THE ATOMIC BOMB ON HIROSHIMA.

Kodachrome color photograph of the USAAF B-29 Bomber, the "Great Artiste", signed by members of its flight and scientific crew for the Hiroshima mission. Photograph originally taken by Armament Officer, Jack Wright at Tinian Island airbase in August 1945. [Reproduced after 1995 from his color

Lot #: 77

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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DROPPING OF THE ATOMIC BOMB ON HIROSHIMA.

Baldasaro, Sgt. Pasquale. Radio operator USAAF B-29 "Straight Flush". Collection of flight reports and signed photographs relating to the Straight Flush, and its advance reconnaissance flight over the Hiroshima target on August 6th 1945. Flight Records dated June 1944 - October 1945. Photographs

Lot #: 78

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$2,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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DROPPING OF THE ATOMIC BOMB ON NAGASAKI.

Color photograph of USAAF B-29 Bomber Bockscar, signed by members of the Nagasaki flight crew of the Bockscar. Kodachrome photograph originally taken by Armament Officer, Jack Wright at Tinian Island airbase in August 1945. [Reproduced after 1995 from his color slides.] A color photograph of the

Lot #: 79

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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WORLD WAR II: SIGNED ENOLA GAY PHOTOGRAPH.

Collection of 54 photographs of the USAAF in Europe and the Pacific, including a photograph of the Enola Gay signed by Paul Tibbetts. USA: 1940s. Various sizes, including a color photograph (later printed), signed and dated by Tibbets, "Paul Tibbets, Pilot 6 Aug, 1945," creased on right hand side

Lot #: 80

Estimate: US$500 - US$800

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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WORLD WAR II: OPERATION CROSSROADS. THE FIRST ATOMIC BOMB TESTS AT BIKINI...

THEODORE "DUTCH" VAN KIRK. 1921-2014. Van Kirk's personal collection of 4 manuscript navigator logs, all detailing flights from Kwajalein Army Airforce base in the Marshall Islands to Bikini Atoll and back, and a collection of 14 USAAF flying charts, belonging to Theodore Van Kirk. Navigator's Logs

Lot #: 81

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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CHINA THEATER: LIBERATION PARADE FLAG.

[USA: c. 1945.] A period woolen 4-nation liberation flag, central white cross, with the flags of the 4 principal combatants printed at each corner, the USA, Great Britain, Communist China and Nationalist China. The flag is made up of seven sewn panels, with the hoist unmarked, and the verso of the

Lot #: 82

Estimate: US$1,200 - US$1,800

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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NATIONALIST CHINA: A PAIR OF PRESENTATION PORTRAITS OF CHIANG KAI SHEK AND...

[China: c. 1943.] A Pair of presentation photographic portraits of Chiang Kai-shek and his wife Soong Mei-Ling, each with manuscript titles in Chinese, naming the sitter and inscribed "Idaho State College", together with a chop. 390 x 320mm. In matching frames. A fine pair of portraits, likely given

Lot #: 83

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 29 Jan 2021

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CHINESE NATIONALIST POSTER: MAJESTIC SCENES OF VALIANT SERVICEMEN...

[China: c.1945.] Vintage poster, in Chinese. 750 x 510mm. (29.5 x 20 inches.) The poster celebrating the victories of Chinese Nationalist and American forces over the Japanese. The poster is divided into 6 vignettes, the upper vignette showing Chinese and American planes shooting down Japanese

Lot #: 84

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 29 Jan 2021