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10 War Department Newsmaps from 1945, focusing on the pivot to the Pacific Theatre

Ten War Dept. Newsmaps from 1945, focusing on the pivot to the Pacific

Ten striking propaganda Newsmaps published by the U.S. War Department during the Second World War, covering roughly the period between the surrenders of Nazi Germany and Japan. Unusual in being accompanied by their original War Department mailing envelope. This run of Newsmaps is not continuous, but all were issued between May 7 and August 13, […]

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Designed by Bureau of Naval Personnel Training Aids / U.S. Government Printing Office, Nav War Map No. 4 / THE NORTH PACIFIC AREA. Washington: Bureau of Naval Personnel, Navy Dept., 1944.

Striking U.S. Navy map of the North Pacific in WWII

A mammoth and colorful propaganda map of the North Pacific issued by the U.S. Navy near the end of World War II. This impressive, separately-published poster highlights events across the North Pacific, beginning with the Japanese strikes of late 1941 and early 1942. The attack on Pearl Harbor is highlighted, for example, by a depiction of […]

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Prepared by The Educational Services Section Bureau of Naval Personnel / U.S. Government Printing Office, Nav War Map No. 5 [:] SOUTHWEST PACIFIC. Washington: Navy Department, 1944.

Spectacular Nav War Map of the Southwest Pacific

A spectacular pictorial map of the Southwest Pacific, issued in 1944 by the U.S. Navy. The map highlights events beginning with the Japanese offensive of late 1941 and early 1942, identified by sweeping orange arrows. American counteroffensives are shown by light blue arrows, beginning with the 1942 landings on Guadalcanal, with the limits of American […]

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Striking World War Two “ Nav War Map ” issued by the U.S. Navy

A mammoth and colorful ” Nav War Map ” issued by the U.S. Navy Department near the end of World War II. This impressive, separately-published propaganda map was produced to emphasize the vast scale on which the U.S Navy operated during the Second World War. It gives particular attention to the Navy’s role in protecting the […]

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Rare print of the President and the Little Belt

A rare print of an American naval “victory” of sorts. In early May of 1811 the U.S. frigate President under Captain John Rodgers was sent in search of the Guerriere, which had recently stopped and boarded the American brig Spitfire and impressed a native-born American. On the evening of May 15-16 (not the 11th as stated […]

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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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Building 14 commemorative book accompanying terrain model archive

A remarkable Second World War terrain model archive

A remarkable group of foam terrain models and related archival material revealing the processes and products of the U.S. Navy’s terrain model workshop. During the First World War the British established the utility of three-dimensional terrain models in planning for bombing raids, ground assaults, and post-conquest infrastructure development. During the Second World War, they passed […]

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Nav War Map No. 3 [:] WORLD WAR 2 IN THE NORTH SEA AREA

Back-to-back Nav War Maps of the North Atlantic & North Pacific Theatres

A mammoth and colorful propaganda poster from the Nav War Map series issued by the U.S. Navy Department during World War II. This impressive, separately-published poster is printed on both sides. The recto features Nav War Map No. 3, which highlights major events in the North Atlantic and North Sea. These include the German invasion […]

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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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N. Currier, 2 Spruce St. N. Y., NAVAL HEROES OF THE UNITED STATES No. 2. New York: N. Currier, 1846.

Nathaniel Currier litho celebrating Naval Heroes of the United States

An attractive and scarce Nathaniel Currier lithograph memorializing American naval heroes of the War of 1812, including Thomas MacDonough, Isaac Hull, Jacob Jones, Charles Stewart, and William Henry Allen, as well as Revolutionary War figure Joshua Barney. The portraits frame a central vignette of the Battle of Lake Champlain, which shows the USS Saratoga (MacDonough’s […]

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