Auction 171, Lot 728

Elaborate, Large-Scale WWII Pictorial Map

"Nav War Map No. 4 - The North Pacific Area", U.S. Navy Dept.

Subject: North Pacific Ocean, World War II

Period: 1944 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

57.1 x 38.1 inches
145 x 96.8 cm

This very large pictorial map was produced by the Educational Services Section of the U.S. Navy. One of the division's primary goals was to inform American service members of the status of the war and to provide context for the battles they would be joining. This map is densely filled with illustrations and text describing the events in the North Pacific. Japanese invasion routes are shown in yellow with text stating "The Japanese Struck Boldly at Every Strategic Naval Base in the North Pacific." A United States counterattack is shown along the "North Pacific Road to Tokyo," after the U.S. defeated the Japanese at Attu (Aleutian Islands) in 1943. Insets at bottom include comprehensive accounts of the Battle of Midway and Battle of Attu. Detailed topography is represented with an interesting three-dimensional effect. A vivid depiction of the events in the Pacific theater of war.

This map was owned by Captain Nicholas Vytlacil (1894-1967), who commanded the Indianapolis during the American victory over the Japanese at Attu. Previously, Captain Vytacil commanded the Pyro, which was stationed at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked in 1941.


Condition: A

Vivid color with a few tiny splits at fold intersections and minor extraneous creases adjacent to the folds.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $475

Closed on 2/6/2019