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1940 Geographical Section, War Office (UK)

A Wall of Flak Batteries Leading into Germany -- with Bomber Navigator's Marginalia.

Detailed WWII air navigation map of the area around Strasbourg, published by the British War Office.

The map is noteworthy for the manuscript circles highlighting the flak batteries stationed in major German cities. This information would have been indispensable to the bomber navigators who carried this map.

This particular map was owned by a pilot who would go on to be an experimental jet tester at Edwards Air Force Base.

This particular map shows a concentration of flak just across the Rhine from France, so positioned in an attempt to protect the heart of Nazi industrial production from Allied bombing.

This example includes additional notes in the margins of bearings and distances of targets, and of alternate targets, should the primaries become impractical.