ii) Group of 15 map overlays produced in preparation for D-Day, most with “Top Secret Bigot” (Bigot classification cancelled in blue crayon) or “Neptune” classifications, dates, and limitation numbers, including some intelligence of German capabilities but mostly relating to the objectives of VII Corps, US Army, including illustrations of fire position areas, minefields, bomblines, reconnaissance boundaries, aerial reconnaissance, the planned location of transit areas, beach defences, and new communication lines, also some general information about the Cotentin Peninsula (road construction material, sources of timber), various sizes and dates in May 1944, tracing paper, nicks and tears, fragile
iii) Series of 24 typescript plans for VII Corps, US Army, in Operation Neptune [Normandy Landings], including an intelligence report (9 May 1944) and pre-departure briefing (22 May), objectives, plans for the use of smoke, artillery, naval fire and air support, antiaircraft defence, post-invasion administration, (c.30 pages), signal communications (c.40 pages), counterintelligence, civil affairs, anti-mechanised defence, the preservation of enemy installations and materials, refugees and prisoners of war, as well as administrative instructions, civil affairs and engineer annexes, some with additional overlay maps attached, each document stapled, some with notes and alterations in pencil and blue ink, all marked “Classification changed to Top Secret by authority of CG. VII Corps” and signed by J.F. O'Sullivan on 29 June 1944, in total c.300 pages, foolscap, March-May 1944, in an original envelope, nicks and tears
A RICH AND DETAILED ARCHIVE DEMONSTRATING THE METICULOUS PLANNING OF THE D-DAY LANDINGS, THE GREATEST AMPHIBIOUS INVASION IN HISTORY THAT HERALDED THE LIBERATION OF WESTERN EUROPE. Major Richard Webb was a Major in the 692 Quartermaster Battalion. The unit was attached to the VII Corps of the US Army, which led the successful attack on Utah Beach that began on 6 June 1944.
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