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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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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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[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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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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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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