Date Published: 1976 & 1978
Binding: No binding
Two 7-1/4 x 10 inch letters signed responding to request for a moment of Burns for his daughter's collection, with envelopes. One dated 1976 and the other 1978 both on E.L.M. Burns letterhead. Near fine condition.
Lieutenant-General Eedson Louis Millard "Tommy" Burns was a Canadian Army officer and diplomat. [During WWII General Burns successively commanded the 4tg Canadian Armoured Brigade, the 1st Infantry Division the 5th Canadian Armoured Division and then finally the Canadian Corps (March 1944 until November 1944). His performance as a corps-level commander proved to be controversial, despite the successes of the Canadian forces in the Italian Campaign.
He played a critical role in the Middle East peace process from 1954 to 1959. He was instrumental in developing UN peacekeeping. As Chief of Staff in 1954, United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) was designed to maintain the General Armistice Agreements until permanent peace could be formulated. He served as a Chief of Staff of the Truce Supervision Organization in Palestine (1954–56) and was thus nearby when the Suez Crisis of 1956 occurred. He then led UNEF as Force Commander from November 1956 to December 1959. He was Canada's principal disarmament negotiator from 1960-68.
He held the chair of Strategic Studies at the Norman Paterson School for International Affairs, Carleton University from 1969-75. He wrote "Between Arab and Israeli" (1962); "General Mud: Memoirs of Two World Wars" (1970) and "Defense in the Nuclear Age" (1976).
Near Fine. Item #8194