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 about 115 original photographs, almost all 6" x 8", a few 4" x 5", candid photographs mostly uncaptioned but clearly war-date and documenting Huebner's service with the 1st Division during World War II. A few of the images show Huebner meeting with Eisenhower, Montgomery, and other generals, but the balance were taken in the field. Of particular interest is a minimum of ten 6" x 8" photos of Omaha and other landing beaches, one labeled: "First command post on Omaha Beach", other views showing Omaha, and possibly one taken from Pointe de Hoc. Other photos show scenes of staff meetings, American dead, destroyed German tanks and vehicles, etc. in France and what appears to be the Hurtgen Forest, crowds cheering their liberators, and much more. A very few duplicates, else fine. 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 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: $3,125.00
Estimate: $300 - $500
Auction closed on Thursday, November 21, 2019.
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