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UTAH BEACH… TOP SECRET BIGOT. [England], April 1944.

Rare “BIGOT”-rated photomosaic planning map for the D-Day landing at Utah Beach

A rare composite photographic map prepared for the D-Day landing at Utah Beach. From the Neptune Monograph, the definitive briefing book issued to senior American officers in preparation for the landings, and bearing the ultra-secret “BIGOT” classification. “… nothing was more secret—or more vital to Operation Neptune—than the mosaic of Allied intelligence reports that cartographers […]

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[ Omaha Beach ] Commander Task Force 122, OMAHA BEACH-EAST (Colleville-sur-Mer) [:] FIRST BEACH OBSTACLE OVERPRINT [with:] OMAHA BEACH-WEST (Vierville-sur-Mer) [:] FIRST BEACH OBSTACLE OVERPRINT. NP, April 21, 1944 (with overprinting of information dated May 12).

Rare pair of planning maps for the D-Day landing at Omaha Beach

A rare and remarkable pair of Second World War planning maps depicting the Normandy coast at Colleville-sur-Mer and Vierville-sur-Mer, better known today simply as Omaha Beach. Issued less than a month before D-Day and bearing the ultra-secret “BIGOT” classification. “But nothing was more secret—or more vital to Operation Neptune—than the mosaic of Allied intelligence reports […]

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[Utah Beach] [Untitled photomosaic map of beach on the east side of the Cotentin Peninsula in Normandy, remembered today as “Utah Beach.” No place, no date, but prob. England, early 1944.]

Rare “BIGOT”-rated planning map for the D-Day landing at Utah Beach

A rare photomosaic map prepared for the D-Day landing at Utah Beach, bearing the very rare and ultra-secret “BIGOT” classification. With provenance to the aide-de-camp to U.S. Army Major General Harold W. Blakely (1893-1966), commander of the 4th Infantry Division during Operation Overlord. The original plan for Operation Overlord called for three Allied divisions to […]

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Co. B, 660th Engrs. USA, FRANCE 1:25,000 [:] DEFENCES STE. MERE EGLISE. [:] Sheet No. 31/18 N.E. [:] SECOND EDITION (APR. 44) [:] INFORMATION AS AT MAY 44. [England,] May 1944.

Top-secret Sainte-Mère-Eglise, the first French town liberated on D-Day

A rare “Top Secret” map depicting the area around Sainte-Mère-Eglise, a key Normandy crossroads and the first town liberated during Operation Overlord. The map was issued just weeks before D-Day, and has provenance to the aide-de-camp to U.S. Army Major General Harold W. Blakely (1893-1966), commander of the 4th Infantry Division, which spearheaded the landing […]

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[Co. B, 660th Engrs. USA], FRANCE 1:25,000 [:] DEFENCES CARENTAN [:] Sheet No. 31/18 S.E. [:] Edition of June 1943 [:] Information as at May 44. [England,] May 1944.

Top-secret map of the key crossroads town of Carentan, prepared for D-Day

A rare “Top Secret” map depicting the area around Carentan, a key Normandy crossroads and the scene of ferocious fighting from June 6-13, 1944. The town’s capture by elements of the 101st Airborne Division consolidated the Omaha and Utah beachheads, giving American forces a continuous defensive line to face German counterattacks. The map was issued […]

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S/Sgt. [Staff Sergeant] H. F. Brenner, The TRANSPORTATION CORPS IN THE European Theater of Operations. NP, ND, but ca. late 1945.

Spectacular poster celebrating the contribution of the U.S. Army Transportation Corps in WWII

A spectacular and unrecorded cartographic poster celebrating the essential contribution of the U.S. Army’s Transportation Corps to Allied success in the European Theater during World War II. The Transportation Corps was established in July 1942 through consolidation of several functions and units previously distributed between the Quartermaster and Engineer Corps. The new entity was responsible […]

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Front cover of Rear Admiral Alan G. Kirk, NEPTUNE Monograph. NP, April 21, 1944.

The Neptune Monograph

The Neptune Monograph, the definitive briefing book issued to senior American officers in preparation for the D-Day landings, with the famous two-sheet maps of Omaha and Utah Beaches. In the lead-up to Operation Neptune, better known as the D-Day landings on the coast of Normandy, a flood of reports, maps, and coastal profiles were prepared […]

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Commander Task Force 122, OMAHA BEACH-EAST (Colleville-sur-Mer) [with:] OMAHA BEACH-WEST (Vierville-sur-Mer). NP, April 21, 1944.

Secret maps prepared for the D-Day landing at Omaha Beach

A rare pair of planning maps depicting the Normandy coast at Colleville-sur-Mer and Vierville-sur-Mer, better known today simply as Omaha Beach. Issued less than a month before D-Day and bearing the ultra-secret “BIGOT” classification. “But nothing was more secret—or more vital to Operation Neptune—than the mosaic of Allied intelligence reports that cartographers and artists transformed […]

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