Bad Wildungen, Germany: Tac Echelon, HQ 12th Army Group, 12 May 1945. First Edition. Single Sheet Paper. This is an ORIGINAL folded MAP showing the travels of the "Tac Echelon", Headquarters 12th Army Group in WWII through England, France, Luxenbourg, Belgium and Germany from 15 July 1944 through 9 May 1945. On the verso of the map is the description of the "VICTORY IN EUROPE" Dinner Dance presented in honor of General Omar N. Bradley by the Officers of Tac Echelon, Headquarters 12th Army Group at the Hotel Furstenhof in Bad Wildungen Germany on 12 May 1945; i.e., 4 days after the Surrender of Germany. The document is SIGNED in ink by General Omar Bradley ("O N Bradley"). The map measures 11 1/2" x 20" opened and 6 3/4" x 5 1/2" folded.
One of the MOST REMARKABLE MAPS of WW2, the map was hand-drawn by an artist who signs his name RWD in the print. The document was produced by "Engr. Repro. Det. 12 A Gp." The map shows the various locations of the Headquarters, 12th Army Group during its progress in combat in WWII, from the "Staging Area" in England to Bad Wildungen, Germany. Beverages are described for most of the locations, ending in "V-E Specials" for Germany. We believe this map was distributed at the dinner dance celebrating the "Victory in Europe" just 4 days after the War in Europe ended, and was signed by General Bradley at the dinner. The 12th Army Group was the largest military formation of the United States in the history of the Country.
NOTE: This map will be accompanied by a CERTIFICATE OF PROVENANCE, dated and signed by Debbie Chapman Luckinbill, certifying that the map was brought home as a souvenir by her aunt, the late Helen Chapman, who was a member of Red Cross Clubmobile Group C which served in Europe during WW2. Red Cross Clubmobiles were large food trucks which were driven by Red Cross women to troop assembly areas where the women would open up the sides and serve doughnuts, coffee and snacks to the fighting men.
We have not found this map anywhere on the internet or other research. The map is folded,rubbed and lightly soiled from handling but is Very Good or better and now in a 4mil clear mylar protective envelope. FREE SHIPPING to any United States address. Very Good Plus / 4-mil clear mylar envelope. Item #2442