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Map to Illustrate of the Offensive of the St. Mihiel Salient to Accompany Report of the Commander In Chief, November 20, 1918, signed in France by the battle's victorious Allied commander and leader of the American Expeditionary Force, General John J. Pershing
France: Printed at Base Printing Plant, 29th Engineers, U.S. Army, 1918. This extraordinary map of the First World War’s first U.S.-led offensive was signed in the field by the man who commanded the victory – General John J. Pershing. “Printed at Base Printing Plant, 29th Engineers, U.S. Army 1918”, this map is titled “MAP TO ILLUSTRATE THE OFFENSIVE OF THE ST. MIHIEL SALIENT To Accompany Report of The Commander In Chief, November 20, 1918”. Just above the title and legend the map is signed in two lines in black ink “John J. Pershing | G. Hq. A.E.F. France”. Examples of this map reside in the Library of Congress and the National Museum of the World War, but this is the only copy we find signed thus. Pershing’s signature on the war-map of a battlefront when and where he affected the fate and borders of nations viscerally tethers this artifact to the history it documents. The map measures 24.5 x 19.625 inches (62.2 x 49.8 cm). It is printed at 1:100,000 scale in blue, red, and gray illustrating “American Daily Lines of Advance” and “French Colonial Troops” as well as “Enemy Defences” with numbers that “Indicate Divisions in Line”. Condition is very good, complete with only mild age-toning. Crease wear primarily attributes to having long been neatly folded. The Battle of Saint-Mihiel, which took place in mid-September 1918, was an Allied victory and the first U.S.-led offensive of the First World War. The town of Saint-Mihiel is in northeastern France on t … [Click Below for Full Description]
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