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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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Segeant Turner[?], OMAHA BEACH FRANCE 1944. England, mid-May / early June, 1944?

“Secret” hand-drawn plan of a vital assault point on Omaha Beach

A rare and extremely dramatic manuscript tactical map of the Omaha Beach village of Les Moulins and its immediate surroundings, almost certainly drawn from confidential sources in the days or weeks before D-Day. Background Of the five D-Day landing beaches, that of the American 1st and 29th Infantry Divisions at Omaha was by far the […]

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“Printed under the Superintendence of Vice-Admiral Sir John Edgell, K.B.E., C.B., F.R.S., Hydrographer”, OMAHA AREA [:] TOP SECRET [:] ON.1 APPENDIX VII ANNEXE A INFORMATION UP TO 6TH APRIL 1944. [London?: War Office? Royal Navy?], 1944.

Rare Top-Secret map for the D-Day landing at Omaha Beach

A rare map depicting the Normandy coast at Colleville-sur-Mer, St. Laurent-sur-Mer and Vierville-sur-Mer, better known today simply as Omaha Beach. Issued less than two months before D-Day and bearing the “Top Secret” classification. Of the five D-Day landing beaches, that of the American 1st and 29th Infantry Divisions at Omaha was by far the most […]

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O.N.1. Appendix VII Annexe A Series Maps: Utah Area, Omaha Area, Gold Area, and Juno Area [with:] The Neptune Monograph [with:] Operation “Neptune” Force “L” Operation Orders… 20th May 1944 [with:] Amphibious Operations Invasion of Northern France Western Task Force June 1944 [with:] Personnel files for Commander Royal Lovell, USN.

An exceptional archive of D-Day landing maps, operational orders, and intelligence briefings, compiled by a decorated LST commander

An exceptional archive of D-Day planning materials entrusted to Landing Group 50 Commander Royal Lovell, whose six LSTs landed reinforcements of men and armor at Juno Beach. Highlights of the archive include a complete Neptune Monograph, the definitive, top-secret (“BIGOT”) briefing book for allied officers involved in the landings. Also present are a set of “Top […]

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Commander Task Force 122, OMAHA BEACH-WEST (Vierville-sur-Mer). NP, April 21, 1944.

Rare “BIGOT”-rated planning map for the landing at Omaha Beach

A scarce map depicting the Normandy coast at Vierville-sur-Mer, better known today simply as Omaha Beach, issued just weeks 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 into the multihued and multilayered BIGOT maps.” […]

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