Fall Auction 2019 Sale 77
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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 Historic collection of 51 original 5" x 4" b/w candid photographs of Gen. Huebner and his staff greeting and dining with their Russian contemporaries at the historic meeting of Red Army and American forces at Torgau on Elbe River on April 25, 1945. Huebner, then commanding V Coprps, is shown meeting (presumably) Red Army XXXIV Corp Commander Lt. Gen. Gleb Baklanov and staff, along with other images showing staff members and soldiers greeting each other, an exchange of flags, toasts, and a meal outdoors. Only a few of the photos bear any markings, and those are Army printed captions thereafter marked as "Unclassified" but not cleared for publication, thus we believe this set is unique. A few duplicates, overall fine condition. 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.
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Minimum Bid: $140.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $572.00
Estimate: $300 - $500
Auction closed on Thursday, November 21, 2019.
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