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1945 Buchan Route Map of the 5th Armored Division in Europe World War II

The Trek of the 5th Armored. - Main View

1945 Buchan Route Map of the 5th Armored Division in Europe World War II


Follow the 5th Armored Division across Europe during World War II.


The Trek of the 5th Armored.
  1945 (dated)     14 x 27.25 in (35.56 x 69.215 cm)     1 : 1500000


Drafted by Robert G. Buchan, this is an all-business history of the 5th Armored Division’s drive across Europe. Red lines mark the division’s progress, sometimes day-to-day, naming towns and cities visited. Information about the division’s movements, such as their claim to have been the first American division in Germany, as well as the first division to breach the Siegfried Line, are in red. Dates when the division was pulled off the line and when they crossed the Rhine River are also given. Exhibiting an impressive dedication to detail, the route is sometimes divided between the ‘CCA’ (Combat Command A), ‘CCB’ (Combat Command B) and ‘CCR’ (Combat Command Reserve or Headquarters). Comparable in size to brigades or regiments, combat commands were newly established within the 4th, 5th, and 6th Armored Divisions in 1943. The 2nd and 3rd Armored Divisions maintained their original organization until the end of the war.
Publication History and Census
This map was drafted by Robert G. Buchan and published by the Office of the Division Engineer on June 22, 1945. Three examples are cataloged in OCLC and are part of the collections at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, the Wisconsin Historical Society, and Texas A and M University. An example is also part of the collection at Carlisle Barracks in Pennsylvania.


Robert George Buchan (June 16, 1919 - July 18, 2007) served in the 22nd Armored Engineer Battalion, 5th Armored Division, during World War II. Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Buchan entered the army on November 25, 1942 and was discharged on December 4, 1945. He left the United States for the European Theater on February 11, 1944 and arrived back in the United State on November 27, 1945. Buchan married Ethel Mae Santon (1918 - November 29, 1989) on November 26, 1941. At some point between 1949 and Ethel's death in 1989, the Buchans moved to Minnesota. He remarried on December 28, 1990, to a woman named Marilyn. More by this mapmaker...


Very good. Closed margin tear professionally repaired on verso. Closed three (3) inch tear only effecting top left corner of margin professionally repaired on verso. Accompanied by two unit histories and a 5th Armored Division patch.


OCLC 902646100.