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Great Escapes The Story of MI9's Second World War Escape and Evasion Maps by Barbara Bond
  

Great Escapes The Story of MI9's Second World War Escape and Evasion Maps

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A history of MI9's efforts in providing secret mapping during WWII. These maps, often printed on silk, were produced for pilots, the SOE and for smuggling to prisoners as an escape aid. It is one of those stories that has fallen between the cracks of secrecy and bad filing, only now, thanks to the investigative work of Barbara Bond are we able to see something like the full story of this race to beat the Germans. ~ Sue Baker

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Great Escapes The Story of MI9's Second World War Escape and Evasion Maps by Barbara Bond

The definitive history of MI9's emergency escape and evasion mapping programme and the contribution the maps made to victory in 1945. Fascinating stories of secret maps used by prisoners of World War II. The creation of MI9 in December 1939, the rationale for the new military intelligence branch and the context of the history of military mapping on silk is outlined. The map production programme is described, together with its progress and the challenges faced. The various groups of maps are identified and described, together with the source maps on which they were based. The ingenious methods of smuggling the maps into the camps, with other escape aids, in apparently innocuous leisure items are described. The maps were then copied and reproduced to support the escapes. Coded correspondence with the camps is discussed, and a successful deciphering of some of that correspondence is provided. The implications for the escape and evasion programme were considerable, but so too were the implications of the passage of intelligence from the camps to aid the war effort, a factor apparently largely overlooked. * Historical Background and the Creation of MI9 * The map production programme and the compilation of a carto-bibliography * Escape Aids and Communication with the Camps * Coded Correspondence * Airey Neave and the Schaffhausen Salient * the Baltic ports and maps produced in the camps

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`A story of amazing inspiration and ingenuity in a country at war' - Antiques Diary`A mammoth account of MI9's activities' - The Times`Only now, thanks to the investigative work of Barbara Bond are we able to see something like the full story of the race to beat the Germans' - Sue Baker, Love Reading


About the Author

Barbara Bond

Barbara Bond spent her career as a map researcher in the Ministry of Defence, eventually becoming the senior civilian Director and Deputy Chief Executive. She is a Fellow and past-Council member of the Royal Geographical Society, and a past-President of the British Cartographic Society. She was Chair of the International Hydrographic Organization's Antarctic Commission from 1992-97 and is the former Pro-Chancellor of Plymouth University.

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Publication date

22nd October 2015

Author

Barbara Bond

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Publisher

Times Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Hardback
264 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
History
The Real World

Second World War

ISBN

9780008141301

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