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Churchill artefact goes on sale

Published: Thursday 6th of November 2008

A crucial piece of World War Two memorabilia used by Winston Churchill is to go on sale, it has emerged.

The map used by the wartime prime minister to plan the D-Day landings on June 6th 1944 shows the laminated map of a key area of the northern Europe is marked with a line of black crayon, denoting the positions of German and Russian front lines.

The map was instrumental in convincing Churchill that the audacious rescue bid could not be halted by Nazi forces as they were too occupying fighting in Crimea to resist the Allied forces as they landed in northern France.

Richard Westwood-Brookes, historical documents experts at Mullock's, the auctioneers handling the sale, called the map "a most important find".

Mr Westwood-Brookes added: "There is always an enormous amount of interest in Churchill memorabilia but this map is hugely significant as it played an important role in the final outcome of World War Two."

The life and legacy of the British prime minister is remembered at the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms in London.

LondonPass holders can gain free entry to this fascinating attraction, with adults saving £12 on the price of admission.

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