Possibly the Finest Content Chennault Letter Outside of a Museum
CHENNAULT, Claire (1893-1958). Founder of the American Volunteer Group (AVG Flying Tigers) in China. He became Air Advisor to Chiang Kai-Shek. Lengthy T.L.S. on his name imprinted stationery. Monroe, LA, Dec. 6, 1956. In part: “...you are fully aware of the dangers of Communism. I was particularly sensitive to the Communist dangers in July when we had our Convention in Milwaukee. At that time it appeared that a majority of United Nations members would vote for the admission of Red China into the United Nations at the next meeting of the General Assembly. It was reliably reported that the Prime Ministers of the British Commonwealth nations had agreed to vote solidly for such admission. That was the reason why I was so anxious to have both the AVG and the 14th Air Force Associations lead the way with Resolutions opposing such admission and opposing the recognition of Red China by the United States...Opposition to Communism certainly cannot be classified as political activity of any kind. Communism is not a political ideology and never has been, although many of us have been deceived into accepting it as a political party. Russia’s inhuman actions in Hungary have been noted all over the world and even Mr. Nehru has become critical of their activities. Of course there has been no criticism of the Russian’s from Red China but there has been very severe criticism from Yugoslavia and a number of the so-called pacifist countries including India. My deepest sympathy goes out to the betrayed and butchered Hungarians and I wish that the United Nations would take a firmer stand toward ordering Russia out of Hungary and if necessary, enforcing that order...” This letter has minor damp staining to the right side barely detracting its appearance. Apparently Chennault tested the ink in his pen before signing the letter and a few scrawls of ink run across some text. Still a very attractive example with a fine blue ink signature “C.L. Chennault”. Autographs of Chennault are among the scarcest of the great American leaders of WWII. Letters of any kind from Chennault are particularly scarce and those with this content can be considered rare....................SOLD
"...I was particularly sensitive to the Communist dangers in July..."
"...even Mr. Nehru has become critical of their activities..."
"...Russia’s inhuman actions in Hungary have been noted all over the world..."
"...my deepest sympathy goes out to the betrayed and butchered Hungarians..."