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Auction 174, Lot 621

Elaborate, Large-Scale WWII Pictorial Map

"Nav War Map No. 1 - The Mediterranean", U.S. Navy Dept.

Subject: Mediterranean, World War II

Period: 1944 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

57.1 x 38 inches
145 x 96.5 cm
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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. The map is densely filled with illustrations and text with particular emphasis on the Allied fleet along the north African coast and the many islands in the Mediterranean including Sardinia, Malta, Sicily and Crete. An inset map filling the interior of Africa shows the sites of past wars in the Mediterranean with the note "Our Navy Has Been Here Before." A second inset shows the extended range of Allied Bombers into mainland Europe. A legend at bottom right identifies naval bases, airfields, British Army lines, U.S. Army lines, and possible invasion routes. A vivid depiction of the events in the Mediterranean 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 (Aleutian Islands, Alaska). Previously, Captain Vytacil commanded the Pyro, which was stationed at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked in 1941.

References: Curtis & Pedersen (War Map) pp. 184-187.

Condition: A

A colorful example with some minor separations mostly at fold intersections.

Estimate: $375 - $450


Closed on 9/11/2019