Original U.S. WWII Silk Escape Map of Western Europe 43/C 43/D with Service Wear and Markings

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a wonderful British made topographical silk escape map of Western Europe typically carried by member of Parachute Infantry Regiments of both the 82nd Airborne and 101st Division. This example is in very good condition, though it does show staining and use, showing it was folded up and exposed to dirt over a long period. There are also some pink and black markings in areas, so this map was at one time used! We have no way of knowing whether this was during WWII, or post war, but this is definitely an original WWII Map. Ready to display!

An identical map was carried by First Lieutenant Leonard Greenblatt during his service as a US soldier in Germany in May 1945. Leonard, age 23, enlisted in November 1941. He deployed with his unit, the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, in April 1943 to French Morocco. Leonard was a platoon leader and participated in eight campaigns as the 504th advanced into Germany. On April 6, 1945, the unit crossed the Rhine near Hitsdorf, Germany, as a diversionary tactic to mislead the Germans for which it was awarded a Presidential citation. Leonard also was awarded a Bronze Star for his actions at Anzio. On May 2, the 82nd Airborne liberated Wobbelin prison camp. Leonard visited Wobbelin, took photographs, and wrote a letter home about the atrocities he witnessed. On May 7, 1945, Germany surrendered. The 82nd Airborne was placed on occupation duty in Berlin. Leonard returned to the US in September and was discharged in November. That map was later donated to the United States Shoah Memorial Museum in 2013 by Marilyn D. Greenblatt, the daughter of Leonard Greenblatt.

Double sided, square, off-white silk topographical map of Germany and bordering Western European nations and an inset of the new frontier between Germany and Belgium. Country names are printed in uppercase blue letters and cities and towns in black; the background is off-white with water in blue and mountains and elevated areas in shades of yellow and orange. The scale is 1: 1,000,000. The inset map is 1: 250,000, both with a kilometer and a mile scale. Longitude and latitude are numbered in a border around the map. On the main map, the front is labeled Sheet C, 43/C and depicts Holland, Belgium (Except West Coast), France (North East), and Germany (West & Central). The back is labeled Sheet D, 43/D and depicts France (South East), Germany (South West), and Switzerland (Except South East.); the inset: Belgium & Germany (New Frontier.) There are legends for the main and inset maps with an elevation scale in meters and feet, important roadway features, and former and present frontiers. The front has a legend in the top left corner and the back main and inset legends are along the bottom.

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