1944 USAAF WWII SILK ESCAPE MAP FRANCE D-Day Normandy For Sale New Used Pricing


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For Sale is an original, genuine WWII “silk” escape / invasion map.

It has all the appropriate keys and markings consistent with the latest up to date map which was used by pilots, paratroopers, and airborne personnel on D-Day, theNormandy Invasion.


measures 23-1/2" by 22-1/2."Top margin reads "Zones of France" and "Second Edition." Bottom left corner reads "159 (WEA) Mar 44." D-Day was June 6, 1944.

I am amazed with how clear the printing is.The detail is greater than the eye can see...Not because it’s blurry... but because it’s printed so very small...!!!For how old the map is, it is in amazing condition.The colors are vivid.There are NO tears, rips, or repairs.I have done NOTHING to clean, repair, or enhance the maps appearance In any way.There is one small stain about the size of a dime (top left) which is not terrible. From the looks of it, I believe it could be professionally cleaned. But who knows... If it's blood, would that make the value higher...??? The map has the typical fold lines. This would make GREAT piece of history and conversation piece. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT ME BEFORE BIDDING.INTERESTING HISTORY:
Cloth maps were first introduced by the British during World War II.Christopher Clayton Hutton, who worked for MI9, a subsection of British Military Intelligence, is credited with the cloth map invention.Hutton was not a geographer, but in 1940 he secretly met with John Bartholomew, one of England’s most prominent map-makers.Bartholomew supplied maps to Hutton over Germany, France, Poland, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland and the Balkans, waiving all copyright to the map data in support of the war effort.After Hutton received the cartographic source, he needed a medium on which to print the maps such that they were quite to unfold, would not disintegrate when wet, and would maintain their integrity when folded at the crease line.In addition, they had to be concealed in very small spaces.

In November of 1942, a small contingent of American Intelligence officers went to England to learn of British efforts in the Escape and Evasion arena. Each officer received a leather bound copy of a book called “Per Ardua Libertas.” In this book were examples of each cloth and tissue escape and evasion map produced to date. After this meeting with the British, the United States began to produce it’s own escape maps.

The Army Air Force (AAF) through the efforts of it’s Aeronautical Chart Service produced a series of the cloth maps printed on rayon.From this came the term ‘silk maps.’One of the military uses of the silk (cloth) maps was to include them in the survival kits of allied pilots.Their durability and foldability were ideal for downed pilots in enemy territory.


Ivalue my ebay Status, have 100%+ feedback, and intend doing everything I can to keep it that way.I will SHIP Promptly, Professionally, and Insured to the Lower 48 States for the price listed in my auction. If you live somewhere else you MUST contact me before bidding.Payment MUST be made within 3 DAYS of Auction End via Pay Pal ONLY...!!! This protects both of us.

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