XIV Corps. Liberators of Manila. Kings of the Solomons.
19 x 21.5 in (48.26 x 54.61 cm)
A rare find, this is a 1945 XIV Corps newsprint pamphlet map of the Philippines and the Solomon Islands. The map focuses on the Southwest Pacific identifying Guadalcanal, New Georgia, and Bougainville in the Solomon Islands but not labeling New Guinea. A gauntleted fist emphasizes the XIV Corps' drive north from Guadalcanal through the Solomon Islands to Manila, which the corps liberated on February 24, 1945. Opposite this striking map are five printed Army Signal Corps photographs of XIV Corps soldiers.
Verso ContentAlthough more accurately identified as the two inner pages of this four-page pamphlet, the verso of this sheet bears text descriptions of the XIV Corps' actions in the Solomons and in Luzon both before and after the liberation of Manila, which earned the corps the monikers 'Kings of the Solomons' and 'Liberators of Manila'. A portrait of Lieutenant General O. W. Griswold (1886 - 1959) occupies the top left. A photograph of XIV Corps troops occupies the opposite corner. Unit insignia of the divisions attached to the XIV Corps during World War II create the rest of the border. These include the 1st Cavalry Division, the 2nd and 3rd Marine Divisions, and several Army Infantry Divisions, including the 25th, 37th, 38th, and 43rd.
Publication History and CensusThis map was 'prepared and reproduced by the 670th Engineer Topographic Company under supervision of XIV Corps Public Relations Office'. We are aware of only two other cataloged examples, part of the collections at the Australian War Memorial and Research Centre in Canberra, Australia, and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center in Madison, Wisconsin. We know of one other example in private hands.
Very good. 1 folded sheet (4 pages). Exhibits wear along original fold lines. Text and printed images on verso. Light soiling.
OCLC 221128526; 74908243.