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ID: 2349
D-Day Intelligence Notebook.

Category: World War Two

No Place. No Publisher. 1944.


A small notebook; 8vo; hole-punched and contained in a limp leather Walker's loose leaf notebook folder. Stonborough's ownership signature. A total of approximately 30 pages in blue ink plus one typed page of Adolf Hitler quotes, remaining leaves blank. Major John Jerome Stonborough (1912-2002), was an American serving in the Canadian Army during World War II as an intelligence officer and interpreter. The book begins with the dated heading '16 Apr 44 Forthcoming Operations - Operation "Overlord"' and giving brief notes of his activities across five pages until the end of July, he goes on to note a message which orders '... shoot strike leaders forthwith or else shoot every tenth man every half hour until strike leaders have confessed. Then shoot same Sep. 44', various technical German army notes and hierarchy structure, etc. John Jerome Stonborough was the second son of the wealthy American and art collector Jerome Stonborough and Margaret Stonborough-Wittgenstein, of the prominent and largely Viennese Wittgenstein family, sister of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and the pianist Paul Wittgenstein. Although a US citizen, Stonborough served in the Canadian army during the Second World War as an intelligence officer and interpreter. He married the daughter of a distinguished Northumberland family, Veronica Morrison-Bell (daughter of Sir Claude William Hedley Morrison-Bell, 2nd Baronet), and after the war lived between Britain and Austria, dying in Dorset.

Price £300.00

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