The Fighting Record of the Blackhawks in World War II

Illustrated record of the 86th Infantry Division, known as the Fighting Blackhawks, during WWII.

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Although they suffered less than 800 casualties throughout the entire campaign, the 86th Infantry Division proudly displays their contribution to the victory over Nazi forces on this map. The operation began on February 9th with embarkation across the Channel and culminated in V-E Day on May 8th, 1945. The return to New York would be complete by the middle of June.

The action is summarized succinctly in this map, which shows the routes taken by the troops through Europe and inset maps of the major events that took place. The Watch on the Rhine involved clashes with German patrols outside Cologne, a breakout of the Ruhr Pocket netted the division over 30,000 prisoners and a stab into Bavaria prompted citizens in Munich to stage an uprising against the Nazis. This map is an image of pride, representing the efforts of thousands of soldiers who did their duty in bringing victory to the Allies. A veteran of the 86th, Frederic McLaughlin, would go on to name an NHL franchise after the unit’s nickname, which was taken from the famous Sauk chief.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1946

Author: Arnold Friberg

Sheet Width (in): 21

Sheet Height (in): 17

Condition: A-

Condition Description: The map is in excellent condition, with clean paper and deep color. One small chip in the outer margin present.

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