The battle for Okinawa: the collection of Sgt H.O. Warren, including battlefield-used US and Japanese mapping, covering operations in the central and Southern Okinawa, April to August 1945. Various sizes

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The battle for Okinawa: the collection of Sgt H.O. Warren, including battlefield-used US and Japanese mapping, covering operations in the central and Southern Okinawa, April to August 1945.
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US$ 3,000 - 5,000
£ 2,300 - 3,900
The battle for Okinawa: the collection of Sgt H.O. Warren, including battlefield-used US and Japanese mapping, covering operations in the central and Southern Okinawa, April to August 1945.
A fine collection of the mapping of the battlefields of Okinawa comprising:
1. A situation map of Southern Okinawa, made up of 15 map sections, cut up and taped together, versos of each map printed with photo reconnaissance images, two sections annotated in red ink with troop movements. Marked "SECRET," old stains and folds, in battle used condition.
2. A group of 8 aerial reconnaissance photographs of South Okinawa, all dated April 28th, both overhead and oblique.
3. Two sheets of Japanese mapping captured and reprinted by XXIV Corps, printed 28 April 1945, one with crayoned names of all coded hill-names behind the Eastern Landing beaches; and two other Japanese sheets, both photographically enlarged, one annotated with hill names.
4. A US Intelligence map Okinawa Shima, showing defences around the Kadena Airfield, and the beachheads on the west of the Island, dated 28 Feb 1945, marked top secret.
5. Three US military maps of Kadena Airfield, Western Beaches and the South Coast; with 2 US sheets of the Southern Peninsula, photo recon on verso.
6. US special map of Okinawa Shima landing beaches, dated 3/6/45, with Japanese defensive positions, marked secret; all the maps 1-7 folded, creased and used during the invasion.
7. A collection of 11 pencil maps on tracing paper for HQ use of Andy How Company of the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, some showing patrol areas, others disposition of Marine and Army forces on the ground, others for setting up of fields of fire; together with 8 other sheets, maps and papers by Warren, including 4pp of directives on the changes of the hill code names.
8. A captured Imperial Japanese Army map case with writing utensils and map tools. The case has a single flap with a white thread Imperial Japanese Army star design.
9. Warrren's US issue Duffle bag of olive drab canvas, the bag stamped "WARREN, H. O. 39706388." A period paper tag is tied to the handle, and is labelled "W.D.A.G.O FORM NO 55 1 AUG. 1944 U.S. ARMY" and is signed by Warren as the owner and by the Inspection Officer, with the date given as "4 DEC 1945" (presumably the date he left the Pacific Theater for home).

A rare collection of battlefield-used maps covering the principal areas of engagement in the Battle for Okinawa, fought from 1 April to 22 June 1945 and one of the largest amphibious assaults of the Pacific campaign. In all some 220,000 American soldiers were engaged against 130,000 of the Japanese 32nd Army and irregulars. The Japanese plan was not to oppose the landings, but to melt into the hills and carry out defensive operations. The campaign was extremely tough and took 82 days, the surrender only achieved through the dropping of the 2 atomic bombs on Japan.
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The battle for Okinawa: the collection of Sgt H.O. Warren, including battlefield-used US and Japanese mapping, covering operations in the central and Southern Okinawa, April to August 1945. Various sizes
The battle for Okinawa: the collection of Sgt H.O. Warren, including battlefield-used US and Japanese mapping, covering operations in the central and Southern Okinawa, April to August 1945. Various sizes
The battle for Okinawa: the collection of Sgt H.O. Warren, including battlefield-used US and Japanese mapping, covering operations in the central and Southern Okinawa, April to August 1945. Various sizes
The battle for Okinawa: the collection of Sgt H.O. Warren, including battlefield-used US and Japanese mapping, covering operations in the central and Southern Okinawa, April to August 1945. Various sizes
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