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German Air War Map

Article about: Hi, I recently bought this map in a collection of German items. The individual's father was a German captain in WW2 and they came to the US in the 1950's. I have been trying to find things o

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    Quote by behlftball View Post
    Thanks for the replies! Still a neat piece in my opinion (even if its not military). Has anyone seen any similar to this? It is interesting that there are no Nazi symbols as everything in Germany during that time seemed to have some Nazi markings.
    Not really. In fact, the use of national- or party symbols for ornamental purposes on this kind of commercially-produced merchandise would not have been acceptable.

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    Quote by HPL2008 View Post
    As has been said above, it's definitely not a military map, but something commercially produced for the civilian market.

    Notice it bears the taglines:

    "Sehr wichtig!" "Für jedermann unentbehrlich!" "Überall erhältlich!"


    "Very important!" "Essential for everyone!" "Available everywhere!"

    Hardly the sort of markings one would expect to find on military-issue documents.
    So not exactly classified Top Secret, keeny meeny, prohibited, forces use only stuff then....
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Quote by big ned View Post
    So not exactly classified Top Secret, keeny meeny, prohibited, forces use only stuff then....
    I would say of the lowest security level, i.e. "Classified: Everybody and their uncle's eyes only".

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    I like it...a nice piece of homefront memorabilia...!
    Thanks for showing!
    cheers, Glenn

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    Quote by big ned View Post
    Interesting to note that the Lockheed P-38 Lightning is shown on strength with the RAF in 1940. This is incorrect, the USAAF didn't take them on charge until mid 1941, and then in very limited numbers due to vast problems ironing the bugs out of the design. The first batch of 3 aircraft of a total of 660 odd ordered by the RAF in 1939 off the drawing board at Burbank were not even test flown in the U.K. until May 1942. The inclusion of them on the map therefore must have been on the strength of released German intelligence or British propaganda. It's a bit like the British being convinced that the Germans were flying the illusory Heinkel 113 fighter during the BoB when in fact it never existed.

    Regards, Ned.
    Good observation Ned

    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    a civvy item.

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