This is a custom-framed piece consisting of a document signed by Generalfeldmarschall August von Mackensen (1849-1945) and a postcard depicting him. The document actually is a telegram sent by the Generalfeldmarschall (who achieved this lofty rank in June 1915) to Archduke Friedrich, Duke of Teschen (1856-1936), the Austro-Hungarian Army’s Supreme Commander during WW I. [A Historical Footnote: the Archduke was supported in his office by a Count Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf (1852-1925), who served as the Austrian General Staff’s Chief. Soon after he became Austria’s Emperor, Kaiser Karl (1887-1922) replaced both men in 1917. Karl assumed both positions for the war’s balance. He was pleased neither with the men’s performances, nor with the way the war was conducted]. The telegram from von Mackensen to Archduke Friedrich is dated 28 November 1915. When von Mackensen sent the telegram, he commanded Heeresgruppe Mackensen (as of October 1915). This Armeegruppe consisted of Germany’s XI Armee, Austro-Hungary’s III. Armee, and Bulgaria’s I. Armee. The telegram is handwritten, and marked by von Mackensen’s distinctive signature. The document measures 7 3/4″ x 10 7/8.” The entire framed piece measures 13 3/4″ x 23 3/4,” while von Mackensen’s postcard measures 3 3/16″ x 5 3/16.” While the frame is modern-day (Melissa picked out herself and color coordinated the matting to go along with the frame. This was done at a high end framer in our city.), it is beautifully rendered in an elaborately gilt style reminiscent of the period.