An opportunity to own a genuine and thought provoking piece of WW1 memorabilia. When the British Expeditionary Force was sent to France in 1914, they took with them small scale topographical maps, not trench maps. Maps at this scale were acceptable for senior commanders moving their forces against the enemy. Initially the British Ordnance Survey produced maps for the fighting front in France at 1:40,000 or 1:20,000 scale using enlargements of the French 1:80,000 maps they already had. Within a few weeks of the Battle of the Aisne the British Expeditionary Force (B.E.F.) had moved troops into the region of French Flanders north of Arras. By the end of October the B.E.F. was also fighting in Belgium east of Ypres. By the end of January 1915 it was decided to produce maps from a new survey of the ground on the British fighting front. From early in 1915 the Geographical Section of the General Staff, abbreviated to G.S.G.S., at the War Office began to produce Trench Maps for the fighting units at the Front. A small team of Royal Engineer observers and topographers from the 1st Ranging Section were gradually joined by trained surveyors from the Ordnance Survey in Southampton and other men of the Royal Engineers with map-making experience. We offer for sale an original 1915 linen Map which was part of a series for official use only. Please expect some signs of foxing to cover, signs of previous use, wear points to folds, etc. Condition is good throughout, colours are still true. 1:100,000 Map of Hazebrouck - Belgium - GSGS 2364 - Hazebrouck 5A £35.00 including postage to U.K. zone 1 addresses. For postage to addresses outside U.K. zone 1 and overseas postage please enquire.
WW1 - 1915 - 1:100,000 scale map of Hazebrouck Belgium