Son of Ex-President Theodore Roosevelt giving shooting lesson to new recruits, dated February 2nd 1940. He suffered a tragic end 3 years later.
New York Times Press Photo, Wide Word Photos.
‘LE MAJOR KERMIT ROOSEVELT, FILS DE L’EX PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT, QUI SERVAIT DANS L’ARMEE ANGLAISE, VEUT S’ENGAGER EN FINLANDE
Cette photo du Major Kermit Roosevelt nous le montre donnant une lecon de tir a de nouvelles recrues, quelque part en Angleterre.
Photo NYT Paris 29.2.40 JL. ARCH. Visa de la censure No. A.1245 7.’
‘THE MAJOR KERMIT ROOSEVELT, SON OF THE EX-PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT, WHO WAS SERVING IN THE ENGLISH ARMY, WOULD LIKE TO SERVE IN FINLAND.
This photo of Major Kermit Roosevelt shows him giving a shooting lesson to new recruits, somewhere in England.’
Stamp on back: THE NEW YORK TIME – WIDE WORLD PHOTOS 37 Rue Caumartin Paris’.
Description paper glued to back of photo.
Paper bit crinkled at bottom where glued.
18 x 7 cm.
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale).
Kermit Roosevelt, MC (1889 –1943) was an American businessman, soldier, explorer, and writer. The second son of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, Kermit was a graduate of Harvard University, served in both World Wars (in World War I with both the British and American armies), and explored two continents with his father. He fought a lifelong battle with depression ultimately leading to suicide while serving in the U.S. Army in Alaska during World War II.
By October 14, 1939, when Britain was at war with Germany, Roosevelt had negotiated a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Middlesex Regiment with the assistance of his friend, Winston Churchill, who was by then First Lord of the Admiralty. His first task was to lead a contingent of British volunteers for the Winter War in Finland. According to a contemporary story published in Picture Post, he had resigned from the British Army to lead the expedition. However, before the expedition could be launched, Finland made peace with Russia. Roosevelt served with distinction in a raid into Norway and was later sent to North Africa, where there was little action at the time...