14 results, ordered by Publication Date
R. M. Chapin 1943 "Global Combat" map for Time Magazine

R. M. Chapin map of Allied offensives, drawn for Time Magazine

A striking 1943 poster depicting options for Allied offensives against the Axis, drawn by Robert M. Chapin for Time magazine. The poster features side-by-side maps of the European and Asia-Pacific Theatres on a stereographic projection, giving the viewer the sense of seeing the Earth from space. The theatres of war are, in a sense, carved […]

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[Theodore Geisel and Munro Leaf] / Army Orientation Course, Special Service Division, Army Service Forces, [recto:] THIS IS Ann.. …she drinks blood!  [verso:] NEWSMAP / MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1943. Washington, D.C.: War Department, 1943.  Double-sided poster printed in color halftone, 34 ¾”h x 47”w at sheet edge. Minor smudging at one corner, else excellent.

World War II anti-malaria poster by Doctor Seuss

A clever, striking and rather rare pairing of anti-malaria poster and pamphlet produced for members of the American military during World War II, illustrated by Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss.   The Japanese conquest of Indonesia and the Philippines in early 1942 cut the Allies off from their supply of cinchona bark, which provides the […]

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Wall map of Slovenia made for the partisan High Command during the Second World War

Unique surviving wall map used by the Slovene Partisan High Command

Thought to be the only known surviving complete example of a wall map made exclusively for the use of the Slovene Partisan High Command during the Second World War. From the estate of the Partisan general and war hero Ivan Maček. The map depicts the numerous Partisan military divisions across Slovenia and the eastern part […]

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U.S. Government Printing Office, [Nav War Maps 1 through 6.] Washington, D.C.: Navy Department, 1944.

Striking Second World War “Nav War Map” of the Mediterranean

A mammoth and colorful “Nav War Map” of the Mediterranean issued by the U.S. Navy near the end of World War II. This impressive, separately-published propaganda map was produced in 1944 to highlight the strategic importance of the Mediterranean, which “offers many approaches to Fortress Europe.” It also emphasizes Allied successes there during the Second […]

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Prepared for CINCPAC-CINCPOA by 64th Engr. Top. Bn. USAFICPA / Installations overlay prepared by AC of S,G2 Fleet Marine Force, Pacific and Intelligence Section Amphibious Forces Pacific, IWO JIMA VOLCANO ISLANDS [:] SPECIAL AIR AND GUNNERY TARGET MAP. [Prob. Hawaii], mid-late November, 1944.

Detailed late-1944 map prepared for the bombardment of Iwo Jima

A rare “Secret” “Special Air and Gunnery Target Map” map of Iwo Jima prepared in anticipation of the February 19, 1945 U.S. invasion of the island. The map shows the landing zones on the southeastern and southwestern beaches of the island, and, most importantly, the Japanese defensive installations throughout the island in minute detail… at […]

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[Probably Co. B, 660th Engrs. USA], FRANCE 1:25,000 [:] DEFENCES [:] QUETTEHOU [:] Sheet No. 31/20 N.E. [:] [:] Information as at May 44. [England,] May 1944.

Rare top-secret map of Quettehou, France, prepared for the Normandy Campaign

A very rare “Top Secret” map depicting the environs of Quettehou on the strategic Cotentin Peninsula, issued in May 1944, just weeks before the D-Day landings. This remarkable map depicts a roughly nine-by-six-mile area around Quettehou, a village on the east coast of the Cotentin Peninsula, just 15 miles north of Utah Beach and less […]

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Co. B, 660th Engrs. USA, FRANCE 1:25,000 [:] DEFENCES [:] MONTEBOURG [:] Sheet No. 31/20 S.E. [:] [:] Information as at May 44. [England,] May 1944.

Rare top-secret map of Montebourg, France, prepared for the Normandy Campaign

A very rare “Top Secret” map depicting the environs of Montebourg an Quineville on the strategic Cotentin Peninsula, issued in May 1944, just weeks before the D-Day landings. This copy with physical evidence suggesting that it received hard use in the field. This remarkable map depicts a roughly six-by-nine-mile area around Montebourg, a village on […]

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511 PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENTAL HIST. LEYTE CAMPAIGN (20 OCT.-27 DEC.) 1944. NP, but Philippines, 1944/1945.

Rare (unique?) record of a storied American airborne regiment on Leyte Island

A rare and possibly unique record of a fabled parachute infantry regiment, recording in text and maps its exploits during the harrowing invasion of Leyte Island in late 1944. This campaign was the opening round of the American campaign, commanded by Douglas MacArthur, to reconquer the Philippines from the Japanese. This typed, mimeographed report documents […]

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R[obert] M[acfarlane] Chapin, Jr., THREE-WAY DOOM. [New York:] Time, Inc., April 2, 1945 [but a bit later.]

R. M. Chapin map of the bombing of Japan in 1945

A striking poster published in the waning months of the Second World War, showing what was left of the Japanese Empire being decimated by American bombers attacking from three directions. The map is a much-enlarged version of one printed in the April 2, issue of Time magazine. Mapmaker Robert M. Chapin (fl. 1937-1970), Chief Cartographer […]

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[Aerial reconnaissance photograph of the northern tip of Iwo Jima island.] [Iwo Jima]: January 12, 1945.

Original aerial recon photograph of Iwo Jima, from just before the invasion

An amazing visual artifact from the Second World War, being an aerial reconnaissance photograph of Iwo Jima island stamped January 12, 1945, thus documenting the savage pre-invasion bombardment of the island. The image This rare aerial reconnaissance photograph covers several square miles of the northern end of Iwo Jima, with breakers along the beaches clearly visible at […]

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