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    3rd Armored "Spearhead" Division: Normandy, St. Lo, Battle of the Bulge .
    Personal flag of Major Watson of the 3rd Armored (Heavy) Division. The 3rd was nicknamed "Third Herd" until the Normandy Breakout; after which they earned their new nickname "Spearhead."

    This is a US 48-star, 63" X 106" Annin "Defiance"-brand cotton flag with sewn stripes & stars, finished with a canvas header and grommets. The flag is marked on the obverse header in black ink, "MINN Maj Watson 30 [3rd] Armored Div. Service - Normandy - St Lo and Wounded at Battle of the Bulge - Returned to St. Paul."

    This is a Personal Flag. These were acquired privately and carried to war by officers and enlisted alike. Popular in all theaters of the war, they were often displayed as Camp Flags, an unofficial and non-ceremonial flag, and used by a unit, regiment, or higher echelon organization near the position of their headquarters, within a camp or other location.

    The division was activated on 15 April 1941 as a "heavy" armored division. They landed in Normandy on 29 June 1944 and immediately took part in the hedgerow fighting. The 3rd spearheaded the breakout of the 1st Army at Marigny and sped across France reaching the Belgian border by September 1944. They fought in the Battle of the Bulge, where Major Watson was wounded. After the Bulge, they were refitted and reentered the German heartland where they fought until the end of the war.

    Condition: Fair - the flag is used, worn and soiled with a frayed fly edge; the stripes are starting to split. Both of the hoist grommets are missing. There is a fragment of a mailing label attached to the obverse hoist.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee, and is accompanied by his original museum inventory sheet with identifying information.

    For those who did not receive a hard copy of the auction catalog, we present here the introductory comments and history of Dr. Rungee and his remarkable collection. If you scroll further, you will also find various contemporary newspaper articles, as well as a selection of the many letters of donation and transmittal which accompanied the collection and a categorization of the collection.


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    December, 2019
    14th Saturday
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