SMGL-2812 Original U.S. WWII 1943 Color Silk Escape Map 43/C 43/D


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A near mint map that has been neatly folded away since it was brought back and likely never used in field. Some slight discoloration on certain sides but no major stains, rips or tears. Not fragile and easy to use or you can frame it and display it.


In 1943 a series of cloth escape maps were produced that are immediately recognized by their vivid colors. These maps are of the European Theater and were issued to Allied pilots of the US, RAF, and RCAF. Printed by the company of John Waddington, Ltd, the maps consist of eight colors and are primarily at a scale of 1:1,000,000 with larger scale inserts. There are ten sheets in this series, which are composites of various paper sheets of the then existing International Map of the World, unlike the previous escape maps which were exact copies of existing paper sheets. The sheets are numbered with the prefix 43 followed by one of the upper case letters: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, and K (east) and K (west). When all the maps are laid out they basically overlap to provide a complete map of Europe. The maps were usually printed on both sides, although single-side versions exist. Normally, the maps were printed sequentially–A on one side and B on the other side; C on one side and D on the other side–although that was not always the case. For example, maps with C on one side and E on the other side are also occasionally found.

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