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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 In the first week of September, 1944, the 3rd Armored Division, 1st Infantry Division (under Huebner) and the 9th Infantry Division trapped 25,000 members of the Fifth Panzer Division near Mons, Belgium, wrapping them up within blocked roads which created the "Mons Pocket". Offered here is Huebner's printed copy of a "SECRET" report issued by is 1st Infantry Div. headquarters, 22pp. 4to., Oct. 31, 1944. The report was written by Lt. Col. Robert F. Evans and describes in detail the successful operation ("...not one German staff officer realized the situation...They were astonished to find American troops so far north...) and includes two maps. Also included is a "G-2 Report" describing the V-1 and including several views, intercepted enemy orders, prisoner interrogation results, booby traps, etc. Very good. CLARENCE R. HUEBNER (1888-1972) was an 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 led 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 item originates directly from General Huebner's estate and is accompanied by a letter of provenance signed by a direct linear descendant.
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Minimum Bid: $100.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $225.00
Estimate: $200 - $300
Auction closed on Thursday, November 21, 2019.
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