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World War II--D-Day.
COLLECTION OF MAPS AND DOCUMENTS USED IN THE ALLIED INVASION OF OCCUPIED FRANCE, COMPRISING:
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World War II--D-Day.
COLLECTION OF MAPS AND DOCUMENTS USED IN THE ALLIED INVASION OF OCCUPIED FRANCE, COMPRISING:
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English Literature, History, Children's Books and Illustrations Including Eric Gill – The Felix Dennis Collection

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World War II--D-Day.
COLLECTION OF MAPS AND DOCUMENTS USED IN THE ALLIED INVASION OF OCCUPIED FRANCE, COMPRISING:
i)Annotated printed map (‘La Haye du Puits’, 1:50,000, British War Office Sheet 6 E/5, 1943), 530 x 785mm, representing the area directly west of “UTAH” beach WITH MANUSCRIPT OVERDRAWINGS in black ink and blue crayon of significant military areas including transit areas, service areas, and an emergency landing field, also contemporary marginal notes in pencil (for example with grid references for an “old ammo dump”),  later note stating that this map was used by Major Richard Webb 7-12 June 1944

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


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Catalogue Note

“…Bitter-end Nazis know that the survival of their regime depends on the prevention of invasion of Germany and, in turn, determined resistance to our landings in France. To achieve the consequences of a stalemate in France they will try to meet the British-American invasion with such force that the political pressure in the United States and Great Britain will force a compromise. Full resistance may be expected…” (VII Corps: Intelligence Plan, 23 March 1944)

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.  

English Literature, History, Children's Books and Illustrations Including Eric Gill – The Felix Dennis Collection

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