This Item Has Been Sold

World War II Original PHOTOGRAPH Signed and Dated by Winston Churchill

For General of the Army H.H. (”Hap”) Arnold


(10 x 10 inches)

Item Number: 201547


This striking 10 x 10 inch gelatin silver print of Winston Churchill in the Cabinet Room at Number 10 was presented to General of the Army H.H. (”Hap”) Arnold with New Year’s greetings from the Prime Minister at the Arcadia conference in Washington during Churchill’s Christmas 1941 visit to Roosevelt’s White House (which lasted through mid-January 1942). The photograph is signed and dated by Churchill: ”Jan. 1, 1942” near the lower left corner, and is here matted and framed sumptuously in a 24-carat gold gilt-edged mahogany frame.

The photograph comes by direct descent from the Arnold family.

HENRY H. “HAP” ARNOLD (1886-1950) was commander of the Army Air Forces in World War II and the only air commander ever to attain the five-star rank of general of the armies. He and Winston Churchill first met in Britain early in 1941 when Arnold visited on a personal mission from President Roosevelt. Their relationship continued at each of the Big Three conferences, which Arnold attended accompanying both Roosevelt and Truman. Arnold appears throughout Churchill’s Second World War memoirs, beginning in Volume II. After a lengthy career as an Army aviator and commander that spanned the two World Wars, he retired from active service in 1945.