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FROM THE ESTATE OF GEN. CLARENCE R. HUEBNER, COMMANDER OF THE 1ST INFANTRY DIVISION IN THE FIRST WAVE AT OMAHA BEACH Historically important World War I battle maps owned and used by future general Clarence R. Huebner, then serving with the 28th Regiment in the A.E.F. One map, 29" x 19", is untitled due to trimmed margins but showing the general area about Baulny and Exermont, France where the 28th was engaged in the first week of October, 1918 during the Meuse-Argonne offensive. The ragged map , marked "Secret" on verso, shows the lines of the 28th, 26th, and other regiments, areas marked "Danger Zone" due to enemy artillery fire, and objectives anticipated for the attack. This map, torn and heavily worn, was undoubtedly used in the field where several members of the 28th distinguished themselves for bravery and were awarded the Medal of Honor. A second map, topographical, measures 29" x 42" and is labeled "FORET D'ARGONNE". It bears Huebner's name in pencil at top and bears a production date of Aug. 15, 1917, with French trenches and lines shown as of that date. A third map, same dimension and produced on Aug. 12, 1918, shows the region about "VERDUN A" and also shows French trenches and lines as of that date. This map shows some uneven toning in places. A fourth map, 13" x 8", is entirely hand-drawn and shows a section of forest near Sommerance with positions indicated where Lt. Charles Deaver of the 28th Infantry had been killed, his command post, his destination, etc. The final map, 36" x 28", is a large-scale color road map of France north of Paris, and was likely also used by Huebner tactically due to a lack of any similar military map. A fine grouping of battle maps of a man who would receive high decorations for his service on both world wars. CLARENCE R. HUEBNER (1888-1972) was the American general who commanded the 1st Infantry Division, popularly known as the "Big Red One", in early August of 1943. He commanded the division during the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944, where it was the first force to face the Germans on Omaha Beach, and he joined his men on the beach the same day. The division was instrumental in the breakthrough following the battle for St. Lo and in foiling the German counteroffensive at Mortain. After the Allied breakout in Normandy, the division advanced rapidly, arriving at the German border in early October of 1944, where it was committed to battle at Aachen, which it captured after two weeks of heavy fighting. After experiencing heavy fighting once again in the Huertgen Forest, the division briefly rested but soon returned to counter the German offensive at the Battle of the Bulge in December, 1944. In January, 1945, Huebner was named commander of the V Corps, which he commanded in its advance to the Elbe river, where elements of the corps made the first contact with the Soviet Red Army. By war's end, the division had advanced into Czechoslovakia.
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Minimum Bid: $300.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $937.50
Estimate: $600 - $800
Auction closed on Thursday, November 21, 2019.
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