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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0099 KCLMA Misc 20
Maps of Mesopotamia published by the Survey of India, World War One
Level of description
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
14 items


Name of creator(s)

Survey of India

Administrative / Biographical history

The Survey of India was created in 1767 to map the territory covered by the British East India Company.  From the 1880s onwards it produced maps of land further west in the Middle East, covering Persia (Iran), Mesopotamia (Iraq) and Arabia (Gulf States).  Revised maps of Mesopotamia were produced for the Allied military campaign, World War One, with some uncharted regions left blank.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Purchased by the Centre, 2013

Content & structure

Scope and content

Twelve published maps of Mesopotamia, titled ‘Turkey in Asia’, produced by the Survey of India, 1915-1917, showing an area from Baghdad in the north west to Basra (Basrah) and the border with Iran (Persia) in the south east, scale 1 inch to 4 miles, many areas marked ‘unsurveyed’.   Also two maps produced by ‘the Compilation Section GHQ’, 1918, of the town of Najaf (An-Najaf) scale 6 inches to 1 mile, and of the area around the town of Mosul, scale 1 inch to 4 miles.

System of arrangement

Chrologically arranged

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 may be supplied for research use only.  Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archives and Information Management.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

This summary guide

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

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; and UWA Department of Information Studies based on ISAD(G) second edition, 2000.

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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