D-Day; Omaha Beach Landing Plans. Undated, actioned 6:30 am June 6, 1944

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D-Day; Omaha Beach Landing Plans. Undated, actioned 6:30 am June 6, 1944

US$ 1,200 - 1,800
£ 870 - 1,300

World War II

5 Jun 2014, 10:00 EDT

New York

D-Day; Omaha Beach Landing Plans. Undated, actioned 6:30 am June 6, 1944
Omaha Assault area diagram, with blue printed base map extracted from an English version of old detailed French surveys, black printed battle plan overlay added in 1944, the map demarcating the 8 sectors, with fire support areas to each side, and listing the destroyers, and the LST craft assembled offshore before the assault started, two minor errors corrected in ink. Marked "Top Secret." Old fold lines; together with a color printed detailed shore map, from the official Operation Overlord plans, of Omaha Beach-East (Colleville-sur-Mer), on verso the current tide tables May 25 to June 21, prepared April 21, 1944. Marked "Top Secret."
Landing Plan 22 x 17 inches (56 x 44cm)
Map 16.5 x 21.5 in. (42 x 55 cm).


A poignant piece of history framed in a simple map. This diagram of the Omaha beach assault looks deceptively easy, and the first boys off the landing craft, a mix of recruits and the battle-hardened, must have thought the same. The situation turned into a calamity, as troops, tanks and vehicles floundered some distance from the shore, or arrived out of position, and the supporting fire failed to knock out the German defenses, making the shore line a killing zone. It was only with the second assault, in the afternoon, that the tide turned for the landing forces, and only with severe losses, were they able to take their objectives for the day.

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    - The War Museum
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