ADSEC in Action from Thames to Rhine

A graphic map showing the experiences of an innovative logistical unit.

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This is a fascinating view of the European Theater of Operations from the perspective of ADSEC, or Advance Section, Communication. The logistical unit was the first of its kind on the continent and supported the United States First Army in its campaign through France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany.

Dated illustrations represent major milestones along the route or significant points of pride for the unit. Such achievements deemed worthy of memorialization include the construction of highways and railroad bridges, transportation logistics and establishing communication lines. Bombers fill the horizon on their way to Germany, while its soldiers line up behind the white flag of surrender (illustrated as a pair of underwear). Celebratory illustrations in Paris and Rheims contrast with the solemnity of the battlefield of “The Bulge” and the wrecked city of Koln.

This martial perspective was drawn by two members of ADSEC, Sgt. John Ciofalo and PFC Cliff Helstrom, and was published by the Advance Section Communication Zone (ASCZ) Engineering battalion. The verso features an extensive six part narrative of “ADSEC in Action” from the planning period to V-E Day, as well as tables of decorations, unit firsts, and a blank address block so the map could be mailed home as a souvenir.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1945

Author: Sgt. John Ciofalo and PFC Cliff Helstrom

Sheet Width (in): 28.40

Sheet Height (in): 21.30

Condition: B-

Condition Description: There are several condition issues with the map, including separation and creasing along fold lines as well as staining and discoloration. There are three areas with old cellophane tears on the verso, but the rest of the separations have been repaired with archival tape. Despite the evident issues, the scarce map is complete and has bright color.

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