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German WW2 detailed street plans of Preston

Preston Generalstab des Heeres [German General Staff] Berlin: Abteilung fur Kriegskarten und Vermessungswesen, 1942.

German WW2 detailed street plans of Preston

The two German WW2 large scale, 1:10000 (about 6 inches to the mile), highly detailed street plans of Preston, each 20 inches x 27 inches, 51 cms x 69 cms, folded as issued.

These large scale maps show individual buildings and houses with areas of strategic or military importance, or potential targets for ground or air attack, being identified and outlined. In near immaculate untouched condition.

German WW2 detailed street plans of Preston

Following the Battle of Britain in 1940, the Germans postponed their plans for Unternehmen Seelowe (Operation Sealion), the invasion of Britain by large-scale troop landings along the South Coast.

However, whilst abandoning their immediate plans to invade, the German High Command continued to gather together detailed information to prepare the ground for any future invasion or occupation of Britain.

German WW2 detailed street plans of Preston

These scarce street plans of Preston were issued in Berlin in 1942 as part of Militargeographische Einzelangaben uber England (effectively translating as Military/geographical Single Targets across England) by Abteilung fur Kriegskarten und Vermessungswesen (Department for War Maps and Surveying), and were intended Nur fur den Dienstgebrauch (For official use only) by the Generalstab des Heeres(German General Staff).

German WW2 detailed street plans of Preston

In short, these street plans are confidential documents prepared at the height of the Second World War for the use of high ranking military planners, officers and their immediate staff within the top echelons of the German war machine in Berlin.

German WW2 detailed street plans of Preston

Virtually irreplaceable, particularly in this fine condition and of immense local history interest to Preston.

Item reference RS-1987.

Price: £72 (GB pounds sterling) plus postage and insurance as below
- First class postage, fully insured, within the UK: £6
- Airmail postage, fully insured, outside the UK: £15

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