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Mapping the Front: Great War Trench Map DVD Collection

Mapping The Great War with Trench MapsThe Western Front Association

in partnership with

 

The Imperial War Museum

The Western Front Association, together with the Imperial War Museum (IWM) in London, is involved in a joint project to produce a series of DVDs of trench maps and aerial photographs from the IWM archives. This project, called Mapping the Front, aims to create a set of themed DVDs of Great War maps and photographs covering significant and interesting aspects of The Great War. The quality of the maps will allow high resolution and colour depth images as good as the originals. The DVDs will be themed by area with maps of different scales detailing the changes to landscape over months and years.

Locations will include the Somme, Ypres, Arras, Lens & Loos, Gallipoli, etc. Other themes will also include Cemeteries on the Western Front, Haig's personal maps, cartography, transport, tanks, artillery, light railways and many others.

Each themed DVD will contain:

a) Maps.
b) Aerial photographs (where available).
c) A standard set of index maps.
d) Help on how to read the military maps of the period. (you can download the article - see downloads list)
e) Other contemporary and modern documents of relevance or interest such as the ‘Report on Survey on the Western front, 1914-1918’. (1)

This Mapping project involves the scanning of the whole of the IWM's collection of Trench and Great War maps. To date 7,000 maps and 1000+ photographs have been scanned in high resolution. We hope to be able to publish the majority over the coming months.

Original Discs Set published:

Ypres This double DVD set contains maps and photographs relating to Army map sheet area 28. Over 400 maps and nearly 200 photographs. See maplist here and the list of photographs here. (Opens in a new window)

The main British battle area.

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Gallipoli

The Official History Maps This single DVD contains the Official History Maps. 160 maps. See maplist here. (Opens in a new window)
General Haig's Maps This single DVD contains a quantity of Haig's Artillery Maps. Included are preparations for the Battle of the Somme and the report map to GHQ on the second day of the battle. 11 huge maps shown in 140 files. See maplist here. (Opens in a new window)
Somme squares 57C & 57D A double disc set comprising a great deal of the northern and centre parts of the battlefield of the Battle of the Somme. Over 450 maps and almost 160 photographs. See maplist here and the list of photographs here. (Opens in a new window)
Somme squares 62C & 62D A single disc showing the southern part of the area of the Battle of the Somme. 180 maps and 130 photographs. See maplist here and the list of photographs here. (Opens in a new window)
Gallipoli Maps, panoramas and watercolours on a single disc. The watercolours are by Sapper H Moore-Jones NZ Engineers, Official War Artist. Over 400 maps, 10 watercolours and a single photograph. See maplist here. (Opens in a new window)
Discs published March 2010
Arras squares 51B & 51C A double discs set of the area around Arras. More than 384 maps and 290 photographs. See maplist here and the list of photographs here. (Opens in a new window)
Loos squares 36 & 36C Covering the area between Arras and Ypres, this is a double disc set. 420 maps and nearly 240 photographs. Square 36C was renamed 44A late in the war, the disc includes maps marked as 44A. See maplist here and the list of photographs here. (Opens in a new window)
German maps A single disc presenting a diverse set of German maps of the Western Front. Over 160 maps plus a single huge map in tiles showing the Ypres Salient and possibly the position of two large calibre German guns. See maplist and list of photographs here. (Opens in a new window)


Discs in preparation

The Belgian Front, squares 12, 20 etc.

Squares 51A, 57B and 62B

Strategic Maps


 

Prices


Price per disk: £20.00 per title* + p&p.
Postage per disk: UK - £2.00* - Europe £2.50* - Rest of the World £3.50*
* Same for 1 or 2 disc sets
Please allow 28 days for delivery.

NB Please see the viewing instructions for details of how to view the maps.

The discs are readable on almost all computers regardless of operating system, so Vista, Windows XP, Mac, eeepc, linux based machines etc. are fine. The reason is that no specific software is required, the discs contain images file and users are expected to have sufficient knowldege to open and view such files. For convenience, a copy of erviewer is on each disc, the latest version of this file viewer is also available free of charge from www.ermapper.com. Thet have kindly given us permission to include their software, but please take careful note of the viewing instructions.

arrasAlthough original maps from the Great War have been available for viewing by the public at various locations, the number of high quality maps available for use at home has been very limited. The Mapping the Front project aims to greatly increase the number of maps and aerial photographs available.

In the past, the accent has been to concentrate on the regular 1/10,000 series of trench maps at the expense of other equally interesting maps, but in the words of Colonel E.M. Jack, a key figure in Great War cartography, "The 1/20,000 was the map commonly used by the Artillery, and as trenches could be shown on it in sufficient detail to be of use to the infantry it was the most useful scale of all, and the one that could least easily be dispensed with." * The series of DVDs will include 1/20,000 and 1/10,000 trench maps but will also present 1/5,000, 1/40,000, 1/80,000 and smaller scale maps where these show information not available on the standard trench maps.

In addition, we will present specialised maps such as those showing burials, colloquially known as the "body density" series, normal 1/40,000 maps showing temporary cemeteries and the areas from where the fallen were collected after the war.

Some DVDs will include hand annotated maps of all scales, artillery and machine gun barrage maps showing the planning for a creeping barrage, intelligence maps showing the enemy order of battle, relief maps and even hand drawn maps.

The trench maps were updated from aerial photographs and, where available, examples of these photographs will be presented alongside the relevant map.

Whether your interest in The Great War is family history or serious military research, the Mapping the Front project will provide an excellent and affordable archive from the collections of the Imperial War Museum.

Howard Anderson and Martin Hornby

(1) Report on Survey on the Western Front, 1914-1918, published 1920. This report is included on every DVD.

 

Mapping The Front Order Form

 
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Ypres
The Official History Maps
General Haig's Maps
The Somme squares 57C & 57D
The Somme squares 62C & 62D
Gallipoli
Arras squares 51B & 51C
Loos squares 36 & 36C
German maps

 

 

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