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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
Misc: British and European printed maps, 1909-1962
Level of description
item level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box or 0.01m3


Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Acquired by the Library of King's College London and transferred to the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, 1997, on the dissolution of the Map Library

Content & structure

Scope and content

A collection of twentieth century maps formerly held by the Map Library of King,s College London. A large number of maps in the collection relate to World War One. These were either produced for military use, as in the case of the British maps published by the Geographical Section, General Staff (GSGS), 1909-1918, or were produced subsequently to illustrate World War One battles and campaigns, such as the set of tracings of the strategic development of the battle of Jutland, 1916, the War Office Historical Section (Military Branch) maps of the campaign in Palestine, 1917-1918, published 1927-1929 and the French and German maps. There are several later Geographical Section, General Staff (GSGS), maps produced 1935-1953, including maps published during World War Two and a map of the area of Cassino, Italy, compiled and reproduced by 12 Polish Field Survey Company, Dec 1945. The final section consists of a number of maps and diagrams produced for use in Staff College entrance and staff/promotion examinations, 1955-1962

System of arrangement

The maps relating to World War One have been divided in accordance with the country in which they were produced, into British, French and German maps and then placed in chronological order. The other maps have been placed in chronological order

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. A majority of the maps are out of copyright but requests to publish maps from the period 1955-1962 should be referred to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives in the first place

Language/scripts of material

English, French, German, Polish.

Finding aids

This detailed Catalogue, and also in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives



Compiled Jun 1999

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.


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  • Armed forces
  • East West relations
  • Higher science education
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Maps
  • Military education
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • State security
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • Geographical Section General Staff (GSGS)


  • Cassino, Italy
  • Jutland, Denmark, Northern Europe
  • Palestine, Middle East

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