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WW2 US Blue Ridge Path Map - 80th Infantry


WW2 US Blue Ridge Path Map



WW2 US Blue Ridge Path Map

The Blue Ridge Path referred to in the title of this map reflects the origin of the men who comprised the 80th Infantry Division, having been from the mid-Atlantic states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. The path of the Blue Ridge boys from debarkation in Southampton to victory in Austria is shown on the sheet, published two weeks after V-E day by the division’s operational staff. (Note the statement indicating the image passed AEF Field Press Censor).

The underlying base map outlines the international borders as of Sept. 1, 1939; over which the route of the 80th is shown in red arrows. The defensive structures of the Maginot and Siegfried lines are also depicted. The Blue Ridge Division would ultimately become the workhorse of Patton’s Third Army as it sliced across France and Germany and played a key part in the Battle of the Bulge. By the time V-E Day celebrations occurred, the 80th captured over 200,000 prisoners and suffered nearly 20,000 casualties.

Publication Date: 1945
Author: G-3 Section of HQ 80th Inf Div
Sheet Width (in): 30.90
Sheet Height (in): 22.30

The map has been glued to board at some time and removed resulting in some damage and glue residue to the rear.

Activated 15Jul 1942
Entered Combat 8Aug 1944 Normandy Days of Combat 239
Casualties 17,087

Commanding Generals
Maj. Gen. Joseph D. Patch (Jul 42 - Mar 43)
Maj. Gen. Horace L. McBride (Mar 43 - Oct 45)

Northern France (25 Jul 44 - 14 Sep 44)
Rhineland (15 Sep 44 - 21 Mar 45)
Ardennes-Alsace (16 Dec 44 - 25 Jan 45)
Central Europe (22 Mar 45 - 11 May 45)

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