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Mapping the Second World War The History of the War Through Maps from 1939 to 1945 by Peter Chasseaud, The Imperial War Museum

Mapping the Second World War The History of the War Through Maps from 1939 to 1945

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Using an amazing collection of maps from the Imperial War Museum archives, showing how – pre-computer - maps were used as a means of momentarily pinning down the action, they also recorded the past – damage from aerial bombardment and into the future with the Cold War and Hiroshima. Although copiously illustrated, it's not a coffee table album, you won't be able to read all the map details or even understand the language of some of them, it's a comprehensive history showing the necessity of maps in military situations for both those on the ground and those back in HQ. ~ Sue Baker

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Mapping the Second World War The History of the War Through Maps from 1939 to 1945 by Peter Chasseaud, The Imperial War Museum

Types of maps featured: * Strategic maps showing theatres of war, frontiers and occupied territories * Maps covering key battles and offensives on major fronts * Planning and operations maps showing defences in detail * Propaganda and educational maps for the armed forces and general public * Maps showing dispositions of Allied and enemy forces * Bomber and V-weapon target maps Descriptions of key historical events accompany the maps, giving an illustrated history of the war from an expert historian. Key topics covered include * 1939: Invasion of Poland * 1940: German invasion of Low Countries & France * 1940: Battle of Britain & German invasion threat * Dec 1941: Pearl Harbor * 1942: Turning points: Midway, Alamein, Stalingrad * 1941-45: Barbarossa and the Eastern Front * The War at Sea * The advances to Jerusalem, Damascus and Baghdad * The War in the Air * 1944: Neptune & Overlord; D-Day & liberation of France


`Beautifully produced book that will interest military historians and map lovers alike' - Who Do You Think You Are magazine`Expert commentary and a fresh perspective on the events of the war' - Family Tree Magazine`Mapping the Second World War draws on the remarkable maps of IWM's unparalleled archive to offer a new perspective on the conflict's key moments' - Antiques Diary

About the Author

Peter Chasseaud, The Imperial War Museum

Peter Chasseaud is a historian of military cartography, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the founder of the Historical Military Mapping Group of the British Cartographic Society, a member of the Defence Surveyors' Association, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and author of definitive works on trench mapping and toponymy.

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Publication date

8th October 2015


Peter Chasseaud, The Imperial War Museum

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Collins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


304 pages


Biography / Autobiography

Second World War
European history
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000



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