The D-Day Landing Map was carried ashore by Lt. General Leonard T. Gerow, of Petersburg, Virginia, who was commanding the V Corps when he landed at Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, was selected as one of Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts for 2014.
General Gerow, a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute Class of 1911, used this map to plan the landing operations and carried it with him from June 6-13, 1944. Among the units under General Gerow’s command was the 29th Infantry Division, which is a National Guard unit from Virginia. The 116th Infantry Regiment in which “The Bedford Boys” served is also designated on the map. As the commander of all forces landing on Omaha Beach, General Gerow’s map is the only one of its kind. The map’s ability to convey the importance of the landings at Omaha Beach to the larger Normandy operation, and the involvement of Virginians in the landings reveals its significance to both the history of the nation and the commonwealth.
The “Top 10” program was created by the Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) to bolster public awareness of the importance of preserving artifacts in the care of museums, libraries, and archives throughout Virginia and Washington, DC.