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Stock# 63896
Description

6.5-Foot-Tall Battle-Used Map of Okinawa.

Impressive battlefield composite map of Okinawa, composed of numerous sections of SECRET Army Map Service sheets cut and pasted together to form one large image.

The map covers all of Okinawa, but for a small section of land in the southeast and northeast.

The map sheets show all of the potential landing beaches on the island, including the eventual main landing area (Beach Black, Green, etc.), and secondary landing sites away from the western beaches.

The sheets include a legend to the many defensive emplacements shown on the map:

  • Coastal Defense Gun
  • Coastal Defense Gun Emplacement (Empty)
  • Single Mount Dual Purpose Gun (Gun Size 120MM-127MM)
  • Single Mount Heavy AA (Gun Size Approx. 88MM)
  • Heavy AA Emplacement (Empty) Dia. 16'-20'
  • Single Mount Autom. AA (Gun Size 20MM - 40MM)
  • Automatic AA Emplacement (Empty) Dia. 8'-6"
  • Artillery Emplacement
  • Artillery Emplacement (Empty)
  • PIllbox
  • Dual Purpose Gun Emplacement (Empty) Dia. 22'-36'
  • Blockhouse
  • Artillery Emplacement (Empty)
  • Machine Gun Emplacement (13MM or Under)
  • Radar
  • Searchlight
  • Earth Covered Structure or Buried Stores
  • Unidentified Installation
  • Empty Emplacement
  • Trench
  • Anti-Tank Trench
  • Under Water Obstacle
  • Radio Direction Finder
  • Radio Tower
  • Lighthouse
  • Radio Station

Provenance

Carried at the Battle of Okinawa by an American soldier.

The Battle of Okinawa

The United States Army and Marine Corps landed on Okinawa on April 1, 1945, as the specially-created 10th Army; the landing was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific Theater during World War II. The Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg, lasted for 82 days after the landing, to June 1945. The Battle claimed the lives of 14,009 to 20,195 American personnel and between 77,166 and 110,000 Japanese. After a long campaign of island hopping, the Allies were planning to use Kadena Air Base on the large island of Okinawa as a base for Operation Downfall, the planned invasion of the Japanese home islands, 340 miles away.

Condition Description
One large map composed of four smaller sections (unjoined). Remnants of glue. Old folds and creases.