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WWII items to sell in New York

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - 01:29

June 3 - Rare and historic items from World War II to hit the auction block at Bonhams in New York. Tara Cleary reports.

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June 6th, 1944, D-Day - the campaign that changed the course of World War Two - when Allied forces launched an amphibious assault on the beaches of Normandy, France, crushing German defenses. Now 70 years later, historic items from the war are on sale at Bonhams auction house in New York. These include a poster bearing the now trendy phrase, "Keep Calm and Carry on" - which was printed in 1939 to boost morale in the U.K. Bonhams senior specialist, Gregg Dietrich says there's even a top secret document up for grabs, containing the Allies' plans for the Normandy landings. SOUNDBITE: Gregg Dietrich, Bonhams senior specialist and consultant, saying (English): "Of course the invasion, the D-Day invasion in Normandy, was a secret. While there was a lot of speculation that it was going to happen, nobody really knew exactly when it was going to happen until the forces took off to invade France." One of the stars of the sale is a tattered U.S. flag flown from a landing ship used throughout the Normandy invasion. SOUNDBITE: Gregg Dietrich, Bonhams senior specialist and consultant, saying (English): "She [the ship] was under constant fire. She was off-loading tanks. So she was having to get fairly close into the action. Being on any ship in a sea is going to lend itself to a lot of wear and tear and wind-whipped conditions. And this flag survived." The 353 lots go under the hammer on June 5th.

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WWII items to sell in New York

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - 01:29