Chaumont GHQ Battle Map

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Battle map used by General John J. Pershing, Commander of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF), in his office at General Headquarters (GHQ) in Chaumont, France, during World War I. Paper map mounted on wooden board. Colored metal pins and paper squares map the locations of the Allied and Central armies and battle lines along the Western Front. Per the legend at center left of the map, round red pins indicate battle lines, round white pins indicate army group boundaries, and round pink pins indicate army boundaries. Blue and white paper stars indicate the location of French or British armies, red paper stars indicate American armies, black and white paper stars indicate Belgian armies, and black paper stars indicate the location of German armies. Paper labels across the map indicate the location of major military leaders and the divisions under their command. A table at the upper right of the map indicates the status of the divisions of the U.S. army, including whether they are in line or in reserve, whether they are fresh or tired, and their total number. A table at the center right of the map notes which enemy divisions have been dissolved and the date of their dissolution. At the center left of the map, near the map legend, the city of Paris is highlighted in pink.
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Pershing, John J.
American Expeditionary Force
France: Champagne-Ardenne, Chaumont
Physical Description
metal (part: pins material)
paper (overall: map material)
wood (overall: backing material)
overall: 111 1/2 in x 122 in; 283.21 cm x 309.88 cm
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Credit Line
Bequest of Estate of General John J. Pershing
related event
World War I
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Measuring & Mapping
Pershing War Office
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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