Hatfield, PA (PressExposure) June 05, 2014 -- Seventy years ago thousands of brave men boarded ships and aircraft to participate in an invasion on a scale the world had never seen. Their short trip across the English Channel and into the well-prepared defenses of the Axis enemy required years of planning to ensure success and aid in ending World War II. This planning had to be comprehensive, however it also had to be secret to prevent the enemy from learning details that would give them an advantage on the battlefield. When planning documents for the invasion, code named Operation Overlord, were printed and distributed, only limited numbers were printed and they were only made available to essential personnel on a need to know basis. Because of the documents ephemeral nature and there extremely limited numbers they are rare, with many being held by museums and institutions.
On June 12, 2014 the Alderfer Auction Company located in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, will offer a rare and important World War II D-Day planning archive as part of its quarterly Fine & Decorative Arts Auction that will include valuable paintings, porcelain, jewelry and historical items.
The large archive was kept by an officer in the 692nd Quartermaster Battalion, VII Corps, 1st Army with the majority of the documents, papers and maps dated May 1944, just weeks before the June 6th D-Day invasion start. Many of the papers show "Top Secret" stamps at the top of the pages with several showing limited printing numbers and number copy identification. This archive includes over 200 pages of documents, as well as maps, map overlays and other related ephemera. The archive details the planning of the invasion including invasion timelines, staging areas, unit objectives and other important information that would enable the Allies to be successful on the beaches of Normandy, France. The success of this D-day operation would change the world forever and initiate the beginning of the end of World War II.