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Article about: Very neat addition to your collection, fine maps indeed. All you need to find is a slight variation and then it is impossible to part with! I will be posting a very rare MI-9 German Identity

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    I had the pleasure of attending a lecture on escape maps by Dr Barbara Bond a couple of weeks ago and if you are interested in escape maps I thoroughly recommend trying to attend one.
    I met with Dr Bond on Friday and she spent several hours looking through my collection of maps. She confirmed that she had never seen my GSGS 4090 maps of Norway before and was not aware of their existence. Along with that the GSGS 4072 were unknown to her. Dr Bond also identified another five maps that I have that she had either been aware of but had never seen before or was only aware of one or two in existence held in national collections.
    Dr Bond agreed that my theory that the Norway maps might be linked to the Tirpitz had some basis to it and pointed me in a few directions for further research. I also noticed that all of these maps had staple holes on one side suggesting that they had been in a book or folder.
    Dr Bond has a wealth of information and is a font of knowledge on escape maps and I learnt a lot from her visit. She took several notes and stated that she would further research the unknown maps and would keep in contact so as well as my own research I will have to wait and see what Dr Bond turns up.
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    An interesting little poster which fits in with this thread. It’s slightly smaller than A4 and is marked GS POSTER No.18 1944
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    Hello everyone,
    I thought I’d post this incredibly rare, French Resistance produced, counterfeit French ID. Produced for Royal Air Force Bomber Command Evader, Flight Engineer, Sergeant, 1649548, Lawrence Frank Boness, serving with 463 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

    He was shot down in Avro Lancaster, Mark III, LM597, call sign JO-W, which took off from RAF Waddington Lincolnshire, on 24th June 1944 on an operation to attack flying bomb sites at Proville, France. However, the aircraft was shot down by German Flak over the Pas de Calais.

    Boness evaded and was picked up by the Resistance, who used one of his Escape photos to produce this forged ID. At this point Boness was moved to the Allied evaders camp concealed deep in the Fréteval forest near Chateaudun, south of Paris, and run as “Operation Sherwood” by IS9 Captain, and later barrister, poilitician and shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Airey Neave. In August 1944 Boness and 134 other Allied evaders and escapers were led to freedom as Allied invasion troops over ran Chateaudun.

    What a fantastic piece of MI9 history, and a great example of the excellent (and I think under-rated) and highly dangerous work undertaken by the French Resistance, in aid of Allied evaders during WW2. My thanks to the current owner.
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    I came across this image whilst scouring the ‘net. You don’t see many images of silk maps in use.
    It was taken on the 17th September 1944 and shows six American paratroopers of the First Allied Airborne Army receiving a final briefing from their commanding officer before emplaning.
    From what I can see of the map I believe that it is a 43 Series map, probably Sheet C and D.
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    I came across this image whilst scoured my the ‘net. You don’t see many images of silk maps in use.
    It was taken on the 17th September 1944 and shows six American paratroopers of the First Allied Airborne Army receiving a final briefing from their commanding officer before emplaning.
    From what I can see of the map I believe that it is a 43 Series map, probably Sheet C and D.

    Great image. As you say, they are few and far between. I have a fuzzy captured still (from a video) of some SS Troops in Normandy, viewing a captured Allied silk map. Sometime, I will purchase a good still from the image owners...

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