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Image: Fifty-inch military globe
United States Office of Strategic Services. Fifty-inch military globe
In December 1942 U.S. Army Chief of Staff George Marshall, acting on a suggestion from General Dwight Eisenhower, sent identical fifty-inch, 750-pound globes to Churchill and Roosevelt as Christmas presents. During the war it was especially useful to Roosevelt, Churchill, and others for gauging relative distances over water, a crucial factor in allocating scarce shipping resources while planning grand strategy. This copy was originally placed in the Speaker's Lobby of the House Chamber in the U.S. Capitol Building.
Object Details:
Chicago Heights, Illinois: Weber Costello, 1942. Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress (1)

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World War II
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