B.M. Cole


German WW2 invasion and occupation street plan of North Blackburn

[Large scale plan of] North Blackburn   Berlin: Abteilung fur Kriegskarten und Vermessungswesen, 1942.


The German WW2 large-scale invasion/bombing street plan of North Blackburn

The German WW2 large scale, 1:10000 (about 6 inches to the mile), street plans of North Blackburn (one of a pair covering the whole town issued by the Germans), 20 inches x 28 inches, 51 cms x 72 cms, folded as issued.

The scale is sufficiently large to 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, with the slightest trace of wear on some of the folds.

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.

This scarce street plan of North Blackburn 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).

In short, this is a confidential document 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. Virtually irreplaceable, particularly in this fine condition and of immense local history interest to Blackburn.

Item reference RS-2082.

Price: £30 (GB pounds sterling) plus postage and insurance as below
- First class postage, fully insured, within the UK: £5
- Airmail postage, fully insured, outside the UK: £15

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