Original U.S. WWII Patched V Corps Veteran's Blanket

Item Description

Original Item: One-of-a-kind. V Corps, formerly known as the Fifth Corps, is a regular corps of the United States Army at Fort Knox. It was previously active during World War I, World War II, Cold War, Kosovo, and the War on Terrorism.

During World War Two, after Germany declared war on the United States on 11 December 1941, the corps deployed (January 1942) the first American soldiers to the European Theater of Operations, United States Army. That initial deployment was known as the U.S. Army Northern Ireland Force or MAGNET. On 6 June 1944, V Corps assaulted Omaha Beach, Normandy. Corps soldiers then broke out from the beachhead, liberated Paris and Sedan, Ardennes, and raced to the German border. After liberating Luxembourg, V Corps fought in the Battle of the Bulge, captured Leipzig, made first contact with the Red Army at Torgau, and, south in Czechoslovakia, liberated Plzeň by May 1945.

This wool U.S. Army blanket was cut and stitched into a pentagon with blue and white panels and white ribbon to create the insignia of the V corps. Approximately 80 original American WW2 patches were stitched to the blanket as a memento of the war. Soldiers commonly traded and collected patches, and creating a quilt or blanket from them was done from time to time. This was typical for a veteran or his family to have made as a reminder of their service. This example is rare in the fact that its designed in the manner of an insignia. The pentagon measures 36" in diameter and is offered in very good to excellent condition. This would make a pretty stunning wall hanging.
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