B.M. Cole


The German 1941 WW2 invasion/bombing street plan of Reading

Generalstab des Heeres [German General Staff] [Large scale invasion/bombing street plan of] Reading Berlin: [Department for War Maps and Surveying], 1941.

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A large scale, 1:10000 (about 6 inches to the mile) street plan of Reading, 26 inches x 31 inches, 66 cms x 79 cms, folded as issued by the German Wehrmacht  in 1941. This large scale map shows individual buildings and houses with areas of strategic or military importance, or potential targets for ground or air attack, being identified and outlined. In very good condition, with the slightest trace of wear on some of the folds.

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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.

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This scarce street plan of Reading was issued in Berlin in 1941 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 was intended Nur fur den Dienstgebrauch (For official use only) by the Generalstab des Heeres (German General Staff).

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This detailed street plan is one of a number of 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.

Very hard to obtain, particularly in such nice condition and of immense local history interest to Reading.

Item reference RS-2013. UKBI 0-7 Rarity Scale 5