AMERICAN GENERAL WHO AUTHORIZED THE DROPPING OF THE FIRST ATOMIC BOMB, AUGUST 6, 1945, OVER THE CITY OF HIROSHIMA, JAPAN
Gen. Thomas T. Handy (1892-1982) Signed Slip, "Thos. T. Handy", 8 x 2.5, 8 June 1950, signed while he was Commander-in-Chief of United States European Command, by American general who served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Gen. George C. Marshall and Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower in World War II and later as commander of all American troops in Europe (1949-52). General Handy was serving as the acting chief of staff in the absence of General Marshall when General Carl Spaatz, the commander of the United States Strategic Air Forces in the Pacific said he wanted his orders in writing. So the order was written and General Handy signed it. This rare signature is in fine condition, with minor age toning, irregular cut, and attached to backing paper.