Large, folding political map of the world with a news digest for the week of 3 September to 9 September 1943.
This week saw Italy's unconditional surrender and formerly neutral Iran's declaration of war against Germany, reflected in the color scheme by alignment, instead of by political boundary, as the periodical usually showed. Allied forces advanced on Japanese-occupied Lae on the island of New Guinea. Nazi forces retreated from Stalino (Donetsk). Among the news bulletins, an inset map shows Italy, pointing out allied landings, advancements, and bombing attacks from before the surrender. Joseph Stalin approved the restoration of the Russian Orthodox Church.
World News of the Week (1939-1963), published by News Map of the Week (1937-1963), a division of the W. M. Welch Scientific Company (now the Sargent-Welch Scientific Company), was a hebdomadal publication of news maps primarily for use in secondary schools, with briefs of the most pertinent events of the preceding week. Leroy Kreutzig, a Chicago-area journalist, wrote copy for the publication for much of its existence; he also occasionally made the inset maps. During World War II, he also helped make maps used by American troops. Although war dominates the stories, other domestic and international stories are also covered. Photographs, infographics, cartoons, and phonetic spellings of names add to the educational value of the maps.