First edition of A Soldier’s Story by Omar N. Bradley, inscribed to the Commanding General of the Sixth U.S. Army, Gen. Robert L. Howze, Jr.
Octavo, xix, , 618pp. Tan cloth, title printed in red and blue over cloth on spine. Illustrated endpapers with maps of the European theater. First edition, first printing with “first edition” statement on copyright page. In publisher’s very good, first state dust jacket, $5.00 on front flap, light wear along edges, an attractive example. Signed on the title page: “For General Bobby Howze / With best wishes, Omar Bradley.”
This copy is inscribed to Maj. General Robert L. “Bobby” Howze, Jr., (1903-1980), the son of Medal of Honor recipient and WWI general, Major Gen. Robert L. Howze. Robert “Bobby” Howze graduated from West Point in 1925, served in WWII as a colonel in the 3rd Armored Division under the command of Gen. Maurice Rose and later served as Commanding General of the Sixth U.S. Army. General Omar Bradley (1893-1981) was a decorated army commander during World War II. He commanded the II Corps during the Allied invasion of Sicily, the First United States Army during the invasion of Normandy and ultimately the Twelfth Army Group, which comprised all members of the United States Army serving in Western Europe and stands as the largest United States Army formation in history. After WWII, he served as the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He became the last general to be promoted to the five-star rank of General of the Army.