Description: FROM THE ESTATE OF GEN. CLARENCE R. HUEBNER, COMMANDER OF THE 1ST INFANTRY DIVISION IN THE FIRST WAVE AT OMAHA BEACH Fine original drawing in colored graphite, 23" x 29", a very skilfully executed chest-up portrait of Gen. Huebner in his combat gear, including a buff-colored field jacket and M1 helmet emblazoned with his two general's stars and the insignia of the 1st Infantry Division, and with his M1911 pistol in a tanker-style holster across his chest. The artist's signature, "Peter Arend", appears at bottom right, and the drawing is mounted in a gilt frame. The drawing shows some minor rippling under the glass, else very good. The helmet and pistol depicted in this image are offered elsewhere in this sale. CLARENCE R. HUEBNER (1888-1972) was the American general who took command of 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. Following the German surrender, Huebner served as the Chief of Staff for all American forces in Europe, and in 1949 was named the final military governor of the American occupation zone in Germany. This portrait originates directly from General Huebner's estate and is accompanied by a letter of provenance signed by a direct linear descendant.