Field Order #35 Preserved

Field Order #35 is the top secret plan of the U.S. Army’s First Infantry Division to land on Omaha Beach, in Normandy, France on June 6, 1944, or as most know it, D-Day.

And now, you can read the plans yourself, at the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park.

“The assault division on Omaha Beach was the First Infantry Division, the Big Red One, whose history we have here. And so this is really the one time and place in their 100-year history of their division where their performance really made a difference to the history of the world, and this is the order that sent them into battle,” said First Division Museum’s Executive Director, Paul Herbert.

The restored documents include intelligence plans, information they had on the axis and even maps of the planned attack.

This copy of Field Order #35 was donated by the family of Major General Stanhope B Mason, who was a Colonel and the First Division’s Chief of Staff during the Normandy Invasion. 

You can go to the research center in the basement of the First Division Museum to personally view the plans.

Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.

 

 

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