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May 1944 D-Day Planning Map of Perrier, Normandy
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A large map, approximately 22 by 29 inches, marked "Top Secret" and illustrating the German defenses around the town of Perrier in the Normandy region of France. The map reflects a preparation date of May of 1944, immediately prior to the D-Day invasion on June 6. The map has Perrier and the German defenses on one side while the other side has a legend for the symbols used on the map to represent those defenses. The legend side was printed in light blue to prevent the type from bleeding through to the map side and obscuring details of the map. Aside from the "Top Secret" designation, the map contains a printed warning that it was not to be carried in operational aircraft. The information on the map also indicates that it was prepared by the U.S. Army's 62nd Engineer Topographic Company, a unit that was credited with participation in 6 campaigns in World War II, including Normandy. The map was folded upon printing and is in excellent condition.