549 AAA Battalion

Large map of the European Theater showcasing the combat experience of the 549th AAA Battalion.

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This attractive campaign chronicle of the 549th AAA battalion was drawn by Edward Bushe and issued as a memento to troops in July of 1945, shortly before debarkation home from Antwerp. The shattered port city is illustrated at the end of the combat trail, shown in red, which began in Avonmouth England in October of 1944. Other dated vignettes scattered throughout the image reflect the high points (Paris, capture of Koblenz) and low points (Battle of the Bulge, Siegfried Line) of the campaign.

The emblems of the First Army and 87th Infantry Divisions (the Golden Acorn), the primary units to which the 549th was attached, are shown at the bottom of the sheet, along with the battalion record and battle participations. The top of the sheet presents depictions of two of primary anti-aircraft armaments used by the unit; the M16 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage and the 37 mm gun M1.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1945

Author: Edward Bushe

Sheet Width (in): 44.20

Sheet Height (in): 34.00

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Originally folded into 16 panels. Minor creasing and wear visible along fold lines, with several spots of extraneous creasing and waviness. A few spots of faint offsetting visible from the red ink, but the uncommon map remains in very good condition overall.

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