“But nothing was more secret—or more vital to Operation Neptune—than the mosaic of Allied intelligence reports that cartographers and artists transformed into the multihued and multilayered BIGOT maps...” -Thomas B. Allen, “Untold Stories of D-Day”.
REMARKABLE AND HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT TOP SECRET (“BIGOT”) MAP USED TO PLAN THE D-DAY INVASION.
“One simple work, BIGOT, is stamped in big letters across the Operation Neptune Initial Joint Plan of February 12,1944, and from then until June 6, that stamp appeared on all supremely secret pieces of paper handled by D-Day planners. If any of those papers or maps had fallen into enemy hands, the invasion would have failed or been scuttled—a distinct possibility in the anxious days after Exercise Tiger.
“BIGOT was a code word within a code word, a security classification beyond Top Secret, When planners adopted Neptune as the code word for the naval and amphibious aspects of the invasion, they realized that greater protection had to be given to any document or map that even hinted at the time and place of D-Day. They chose the odd code word BIGOT by reversing the letters of two words—To Gib—that had been stamped on the papers of officers going to Gibraltar for the invasion of North Africa -in November 1942. Those who were to get date-and-place information were given special security background checks. If they qualified, they were, described as “Bigoted’...
“The BIGOT maps and documents were created in isolated cocoons of secrecy. One was hidden in Selfridges department store in London; BIGOT workers entered and left Selfridges by a back door, many of them knowing only that they were delivering scraps of information that somehow contributed to the war effort. Others with BIGOT clearances worked on Allied staff scattered around London and southern England. So restricted was the BIGOT project that when King George visited a command ship and asked what was beyond a curtained compartment, he was politely turned away because, as a sentinel officer later said, ‘Nobody told me he was a Bigot’... (Thomas B. Allen, “Untold Stories of D-Day,” National Geographic Magazine, June 2002, vol. 201, no. 6, p. 15).
This map, “Omaha Beach-West” shows the Charlie and Dog sections of Omaha Beach. Prepared by the Commander Task Force 122 on April 21, 1944, it is the first issue, or base map. As June 6 approached, the map was re-issued with over-stamps providing newly-gained intelligence. There was also a companion map, “Omaha Beach-East” issued at the same time.
With detailed tables on verso showing information on sunrise/sunsets, beach gradients, currents, and tides.
21.75 x 16.5 inches. Framed: 23.25 x 18.25 inches. Commander Task Force 122, European Theater of Operations, 1944. A few random spots of foxing; fine condition. RARE.
Price: $6,000 .