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Auction: Conflicts of the 20th Century
was auctioned on: 29 January 2021
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BATTLE OF THE BULGE: DIRECTIONAL ROAD SIGN, "NEUFCHATEAU 49K."

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Estimate: US$5,000 - US$8,000
Price realised:  n. a.
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[Recovered from a road junction north of Neufchateau, in the German occupied sector of the Ardennes, after January 1945.] Double-sided enameled metal road sign, taken from a major road junction north of Neufchateau, probably from a main road north of Bastogne due to distance from Neufchateau. The sign with a blue ground base with raised enameled white letters, 9 drilled holes to secure the sign. Some chipping and rusting at extremities on both sides, and shrapnel or bullet rust marks across the sign. 300 x 1290 mm. (12 x 50 inches). Provenance: A Battle of the Bulge collector, near Bastogne: English World War II collector. This sign was on a major road from Neufchateau, probably on the E25 in the area around Houffalize, North of Bastogne, recaptured after heavy fighting in early January 1945. During the Battle of the Bulge, Neufchateau became a marshaling point for the US 3rd Army (under Patton) to push north to liberate the siege of Bastogne. Patton famously volunteered to go liberate Bastogne and force-marched his tanks and men, punching through the German offensive lines, and throwing their advance into confusion.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Bonhams London
Title: Conflicts of the 20th Century
Date of the auction: 29 Jan 2021
Address: Bonhams London
New York