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Two-sided Company B, 11th Armored Division, US Army, poster depicting the advance through Europe received by a soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2013.442.12

Double sided foldable poster with a map on one side and illustrations on the other received by 24 year old Captain James (Jim) Kirkebo circa June 1945 while serving in the US Army, 11th Armored Division, in Germany. Kirkebo, 19, enlisted in the US Army in 1940 and, in August 1942, 2nd Lt. Kirkebo became commanding officer, C Company, 21st Armored Infantry Battalion, 11th Armored Division. In December 1944, Kirkebo's unit landed in Normandy, defended Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, and spearheaded the Allied advance into Germany. Kirkebo received a battlefield promotion to captain on February 1, 1945. On May 5 and 6, soldiers from the 11th Armored liberated Gusen and Mauthausen concentration camps. At Mauthausen, the unit was tasked with caring for 19,000 starving inmates. On May 7, 1945, Germany surrendered. Kirkebo was awarded a Silver Star and 3 Bronze Stars for his leadership and heroism in action.

Artwork Title
11th Armored Division, Combat Company B, thru France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, and Austria
received:  1945 June
creation:  1945 June
War propaganda
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Estate of James Edward Kirkebo
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:22:42
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