RUSI JournalVolume 163Issue 5members only

Maps and Navigation in the Second World War

An overview of cartography and its uses during the Second World War.

An understanding of cartography was very important to success in the Second World War. Indeed, in 1938 Werner von Fritsch, Germany’s Chief of Staff, declared ‘The nation with the best photoreconnaissance will win the next war’. This article considers a range of cartographic expertise and impact.

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