GSGS Map Amiens

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  1. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    Does anyone know where to get a digital file of a wartime large scale GSGS map of the city of Amiens? Or could anyone provide me with such a file?

    Kind regards, Ronald.
     
  2. Owen

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  3. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    I am afraid not. I was thinking of something like the GSGS-4420 Antwerp map, scale 1:10,500.

    4420
     
  4. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    Another try: can anyone tell me if for Amiens something similar to GSGS-4420 scale 1:10,500 of Antwerp (see attachment to previous post) exists??? Or even better where it can be found?
     
  5. Sheldrake

    Sheldrake Gunner Tours

    The British Library holds a copy of a map in a book in their map collection described as
    France. Amiens. Scale 1: 8,000. [G.S.G.S. No. 4234.] Copied from a French map 1944.
    It isn't available online
     
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  6. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    Thanks! Now at least I know what to look for. Anybody who knows where to find an online version of this map GSGS 4234, Amiens?
     
  7. SDP

    SDP Senior Member Patron

    ....."copy of a map in a book"...... Is that referring to the book 'Invade Mecum' by any chance? Invade Mecum was issued to officers for the Normandy invasion and comprised several volumes containing maps and all sorts of other useful information. Very few copies have survived and fetch small fortunes at auction!. I think Amiens would be in Volume 1.

    I recognise that that doesn't directly answer your question but hopefully it might generate a few leads.
     
  8. Sheldrake

    Sheldrake Gunner Tours

    Dunno I just searched the BL Catalogue
     
  9. Richard Lewis

    Richard Lewis Member

    Hello Ronald,

    I don’t think what you are looking for exists. Have a look through “Notes on GSGS Maps of France, Belgium and Holland, December 1943.” Page 28 of the booklet lists GSGS 4234 “Town Plans of France”; Amiens is not listed. However on page 31 it refers to “GSGS (Misc.) No. 77, FRANCE: Throughway Town Plans Volume 1”; Amiens is included. This seems to be the publication Sheldrake has found, but the maps, a couple of examples are shown, are only very basic. There is a copy of the book at the Imperial War Museum (Catalogue number LBY 42084).

    Regards,

    Richard
     
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  10. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    Hi Richard,

    Thanks, and looking at the document from your link I am afraid you are probably right.
    So, is there anyone who can get me a good quality scan of the Amiens map in "Through-Way, Town Plans of France, Volume 1"?

    Kind regards, Ronald.

    Town plans France - vol 1.jpg
     
  11. SDP

    SDP Senior Member Patron

    This is the Volume 1 mentioned in my Post #7 and makes up part of Invade Mecum. Again, I recognise that this doesn't directly answer your question but might help re cross-referencing etc.
     
  12. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    Hello SDP,

    Are you really sure they were part of Invade Mecum? I know the Invade Mecum covers contain perforated volumes bound together by a string (see attachments), whereas the "Town Plans" booklets are individually bound and not perforated. I hope someone can give us the answer (and me the map of Amiens).

    Kind regards, Ronald.
     

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  13. SDP

    SDP Senior Member Patron

    8RB

    I can't be absolutely certain (as I've never seen an original copy of Invade Mecum) but I'm quite certain that that's correct on the basis of images I've seen of copies up for auction.
     
  14. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    Hello SDP,

    You can find some pictures of an Invade Mecum and its contents in my post #12. Whatever the origin, a 1:8,000 map of Amiens would still be most welcome...

    Regards, Ronald.
     
  15. SDP

    SDP Senior Member Patron

    Ronald

    The closest I've got is 1:50000 (digital format) which is reasonably detailed but obviously doesn't include street names etc. Quite a few old maps on eBay (search 'Amiens map') but not GSGS maps.
     
  16. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    Fresh try: can anyone please help me to a good copy of the Amiens map out of the booklet "Through-Way, Town Plans of France, Volume 1"?
    For a picture of the cover of this see post #10.
     
  17. 8RB

    8RB Well-Known Member

    Right, one more try: is there anyone who can help me to get a digital copy of the Amiens map from the following book?
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  18. TriciaF

    TriciaF Junior Member Patron

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  20. Richard Lewis

    Richard Lewis Member

    Hello Ronald,

    As mentioned in my post #9 there is a copy of “Through-way Town Plans of France” at the Imperial War Musuem. Catalogue number LBY 42084.

    IWM offer a copying service, photocopies (postage to be added outside UK) or pdfs. I have used it and found it very efficient and it’s only 40p a page.

    Regards,

    Richard.
     
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