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2-sided poster of US Army 11th Armored Division campaigns designed by a unit veteran

Object | Accession Number: 1989.324.6

Colorful commemorative poster of the World War II Campaigns of the 11th Armored Division, US Army, in Ardennes-Alsace, Rhineland, and Central Europe, that belonged to Raymond S. Buch, a Sergeant in the Unit during World War II, who later served as unit historian. Buch, along with Raymond Crossett, the artist and heraldist, created the poster which features images and explanations of the Divisions's shields and insignia. On the back are the names of active unit veterans, family, and friends of the 42nd Tank Battalion. Ray landed with the 11th in Normandy, France, on December 16, 1944. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge that month when the Unit took heavy losses. In February 1945, the Division, now nicknamed Thunderbolt, attacked the German defensive line near Belgium, and, in March, pressed into Germany. In May 1945, Ray, with his unit, was deployed to Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria to bulldoze mass graves for the victims. He watched as German civilians, on US Army orders, hauled bodies to the mass graves. Ray also guarded former SS guards at Ebensee and Gusen, subcamps of Mauthausen. The 11th was on occupation duty until inactivated in August 1945.

Artwork Title
11th Armored Division, Thunderbolt, Campaigns World War 11: Ardennes-Alsace, Rhineland, Central Europe
Date
1988  (publication/distribution)
Geography
publication : Linden (N.J.)
Language
English
Classification
Posters
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Raymond S. Buch
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