WW2 BRITISH ARMY MAP 1931 war office version - STOW ON THE WOLD sheet 93
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DESCRIPTIONWW2 British Army Map. This military map is one of a series printed during the build up to, and early months of WW2 by the war office for use by british forces.
The map is original, over 70 years old and as such will have the minor blemishes consistent with its age, such as foxing and wear which can be seen in the images.
This particular map is one of the 1931 war office series, with a printing date (marked to the bottom left corner) of 1939.
The history bit.....
Before 1940, the military maps of England & Wales had the unmemorable series title 'GSGS 3907', and of Scotland 'GSGS 3908'. These were based on the sheet lines and mapping of the 1-inch popular edition and 1-inch popular edition of Scotland although the military and civilian series developed separately.
After the Dunkirk Evacuation at the end of May 1940, the threat of invasion was now very real. The Second World War had come to the Home Front. The military turned to their 1931 series maps of Great Britain, of which this is one - produced by the Ordnance Survey - to find them woefully outdated and inadequate. Ordnance Survey immediately dropped work on the 1-inch popular edition, and began an intensive programme of updating the military sheets creating the 'War Revision 1940' maps which were then issued from early 1941 onwards.
The Germans carried out two nights of bombing over Southampton, on 30 November and 1 December 1940, targeting the Ordnance Survey's headquarters. This led to the destruction of several map drawings in preparation, and also large stocks of printed maps of the 1931 series.