Sevez, Francois-Adolphe-Laurent

Rare signed photo of De Gaulles’s chief of staff, signed German WW II Instrument of Surrender as an official witness

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(1891-1948) French general in WW II. Sevez, present at the May 7, 1945 German surrender in Rheims, signed the German Instrument of Surrender as the official witness. At the end of WW I he had attained the rank of Captain, and received the Legion of Honor in 1918 after being wounded 7 times. During early part of WW II, he fought in Belgium. Captured, he was repatriated in 1941 and named the Chief of Staff to General Juin. He fought in the Tunisian campaign as a Brigadier General in 1942, and commanded the 4th Moroccan Mountain Division in Sept. 1943, participating in the Italian campaign as well as the liberation of Alsace in 1944. From June 1944-1945, Deputy Chief of Staff for National Defense and to June 1946 commanded I Corps. De Gaulle sent Sevez in place of General Juin who was away from Paris at the ti9me.In October 1944, he joined General de Monsabert as a commander of the French Army reserve destined to occupy Germany. In Rheims, on 7 May 1945, acting in his capacity as General Charles de Gaulle's chief of staff, he signed the German Instrument of Surrender as the official witness, in the presence of General Alfred Jodl and General Walter B. Smith, General Eisenhower’s chief of staff. He was Deputy Commander-in-Chief of French forces in Germany when he died following a hunting accident in germany, hit by another hunter's bullet that ricocheted off the thick skin of a wild boar. SP, 6 ¾ x 4 ¾ b&w glossy bust photograph in uniform, adds “Reims – 7-5-45” (place and date of German surrender) above his signature. With 7 ¼ x 11 mount card with bio information in Dr. Cornelius Greenway’s hand, indicating receipt date of July 15, 1946. Very scarce autograph, even scarcer signed photograph, especially desirable for his adding the date and place of the German surrender! From the collection of Dr. Cornelius Greenway (1896-1968). He immigrated to the US from Holland in 1914. During WW I, served with US Army in France, received Purple Heart and Service Medal. Tufts University BA 1925, STB 1928. Started collecting autographs, inc. photographs, in the late 1920’s. Ordained Universalist minister 1926, pastor of All Souls Church in Brooklyn, New York 1929-65, affiliated with National Association of Congregational Christian Churches 1961.

Condition: Very good
Type:Photograph






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