Maps to match the war diaries

Discussion in 'Unit History' started by Ben_Mayne, Nov 13, 2015.

  1. Ben_Mayne

    Ben_Mayne Member

    Currently researching war diaries... Lots of 6 fig grid refs are recorded instead of location names. Has anybody ever tried to obtain maps they refer to? Just interested to know if there easy to obtain?
  2. Nijmegen

    Nijmegen Member

  3. idler

    idler GeneralList

    Depends where. Some US universities have collections of digitised WW2 maps. The French 'OS' website Geoportail can be switched to the wartime coordinate system, though it's tricky to use as you have to pick the right six figures out of a dozen or more.
  4. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic

    Maps frequently appear on eBay.......but there are a lot of them and some of them, depending on where they are, don't come cheap.

    You also need to know the rough geographical area (place names also get mentions in War Diaries) because the grid repeats every so often.

    Best scales for six figure references are 1:100000 or preferably 1:50000 or better if available.

    Lots of people suggest so-called coordinates translators but these can be up to 1km out.

    Also be mindful that the grid used was changed after the War so you need wartime maps.

    If you have a small number of references, post them here and I'll look them up provided they are in my area of interest. Which country are you interested in or is this a general enquiry?.
  5. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member

    Which country are you looking for?

  6. Ben_Mayne

    Ben_Mayne Member

    Thanks, it's France, Belguim and Holland. I'll post some grid refs tomorrow. I do have place names but it's to follow route where cross road and railway crossings are on recorded as 6 dig grid refs.
  7. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

  8. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

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