Spring Auction 2019 Sale 75
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Important chart used in the planning of OPERATION OVERLORD, the June 6, 1944 Allied assault on the Normandy coast. The "TOP SECRET" 22" x 17" chart is titled "OVERLORD M.T. PRELOADING AND SUSTAINED MOVEMENT THAMES AREA BERTHING PLAN" Beneath the title appears a grid with the names of six Thames docks printed at left, including Tilbury, Royal Albert Dock, Victoria, Millwall, etc. The top of the chart shows a two week period, seven days before and after "D" day, with the names of approx. 150 cargo vessels listed (some in code). The dates at top indicate the dates the vessels beneath would be loaded. Most of the vessels had already been assigned a convoy date, the first being "ETM1" which arrived with the invasion fleet on June 6th. Twelve larger vessels were given code names, including "SAMZONA", "SAMPHILL", SAMPEP", etc., and the "SAMBUT" was actually sunk by shore fire on June 6th. 32 "coasters were also quickly loaded on June 4th, and these vessels too likely arrived at the beaches on June 6th. The bottom of the chart details berthing arrangements for more "coasters". The bottom of this plan bears a stamp: "AGREED Ministry of War Transport, War Office" which is initialed by three planners. In essence, this chart was prepared in advance to plan the loading and convoy assignments for the first ships to arrive carrying men and materiel to the coast of occupied Europe. In randomly researching only a few of the vessels named, we see that a substantial number were later lost to German U-boat and E-boat attacks. Very good condition.
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Minimum Bid: $500.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $625.00
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Auction closed on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
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