Map to Illustrate of the Offensive of the St. Mihiel Salient, signed by Pershing
Map to Illustrate of the Offensive of the St. Mihiel Salient, signed by Pershing

Map to Illustrate of the Offensive of the St. Mihiel Salient, signed by Pershing

Map to Illustrate of the Offensive of the St. Mihiel Salient, signed by Pershing

Map to Illustrate of the Offensive of the St. Mihiel Salient, signed by Pershing

Map to Illustrate of the Offensive of the St. Mihiel Salient, signed by Pershing

Map to Illustrate of the Offensive of the St. Mihiel Salient, signed by Pershing

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. Printed at Base Printing Plant, 29th Engineers, U. This extraordinary map of the First World Wars first U. Led offensive was signed in the field by the man who commanded the victory General John J. Printed at Base Printing Plant, 29. 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. 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. Pershings 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. Led offensive of the First World War. The town of Saint-Mihiel is in northeastern France on the right bank of the Meuse River 22 miles (35 km) south-southeast of Verdun. Like many towns in western Europe in the first half of the twentieth century, its name became widely known not for any attribute of its native soil, but rather for the blood spilled thereon. The career of John J. Forces in European trench warfare. In April 1917 the U. Declared war on Germany and President Woodrow Wilson appointed Pershing to command the American Expeditionary Force (AEF). In mid-September 1917, Pershing led AEF and French troops, recapturing territory that had been held by the Germans for three years. Allies carped at the amateurish organization and procedures, but veteran German observers were dismayed by the fresh valor of Pershings men. Despite battlefield success, Pershings offensive tactics were not without some censure. Pershing heavily relied on frontal assaults, a tactic the French, British, and Germans had learned were not efficacious in modern trench warfare. Consequently, Pershing was harshly criticized for accruing unnecessary casualties, and some attributed the success of the offensive more to German fatigue and attrition than to Pershings acumen. Apprised of the imminent American offensive, German General Erich Von Ludendorff had already begun to withdraw his troops before the American attack to a more defensible position nearer the fortified area of Metzdenoted on this map with thin red lines. Modest, businesslike, and serious, Pershing charmed and impressed everyone. By wars end, despite Americas late entry and comparative inexperience, Pershings command was credited with courage, ingenuity, and perseverance that made the difference in 1918. Sailing home from France in September 1919, Pershing received word of his promotion to general of the armies a rank previously held only by George Washington. As post-WWI army chief of staff, Pershing concentrated on maintaining the efficiency of the officer corps by keeping an eye on such rising stars as George Marshall, George Patton, Dwight Eisenhower, and a small cadre of possible future leaders known as Pershings Men. Pershings offer of service to President Roosevelt was graciously refused when the U. Entered the Second World War, but he made one last vital contribution; Roosevelt listened when Pershing urged George Marshall as the only man capable of being chief of staff in a two-front war. Churchill Book Collector , a professional bookseller. Specializing in books and other published works by and about the great twentieth century statesman and acclaimed writer, Sir Winston Churchill. We offer both a singular inventory and approachable expertise. The integrity of our inventory is backed by our membership in the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA), the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), and the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA). Churchill’s official biographer, Sir Martin Gilbert, rightly called Churchill’s long life “remarkable and versatile”. Statesman, soldier, war correspondent, ardent social reformer, combative cold warrior, painter – Churchill was many things, but perhaps above all a master wordsmith. Were here to help Churchills words find your shelves. Our extensive inventory features some of the rarest material offered including fine first editions and inscribed copies as well as reading copies and works about Churchills life and time. While we specialize in Churchill, our inventory also includes noteworthy first and collectible editions by other authors, ranging from Xenophon to T. Lawrence, spanning exploration and empire to twentieth century fiction. We are able to help with anything from finding individual books to assembling full collections, working closely with individual collectors to identify and accommodate their preferences and budget. We are also able to commission preservation cases and fine bindings. The item “Map to Illustrate of the Offensive of the St. Mihiel Salient, signed by Pershing” is in sale since Sunday, September 20, 2020. This item is in the category “Antiques\Maps, Atlases & Globes\Europe Maps”. The seller is “churchill_book_collector” and is located in San Diego, California. This item can be shipped to United States.
  • Type: Military Map
  • Year: 1918
  • Date Range: 1910-1919
  • Country/Region: France
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