New Library of Congress American Memory Collection: World War II Military Situation Maps
The Library of Congress's Geography and Map Division is pleased to announce the release of a new American Memory Collection: "World War II Military Situation Maps, 1944-1945" http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/maps/wwii/.
"World War II Military Situation Maps" contains maps showing troop positions beginning on June 6, 1944 to July 26, 1945. Starting with the D-Day Invasion, the maps give daily details on the military campaigns in Western Europe, showing the progress of the Allied Forces as they push towards Germany. Some of the sheets are accompanied by a declassified "G-3 Report" giving detailed information on troop positions for the period 3 Mar. 1945-26 July 1945. These maps and reports were used by the commanders of the United States forces in their evaluation of the campaigns and for planning future strategies.
The collection consists of 416 printed maps and 115 reports, the originals of which reside in the Library of Congress' Geography and Map Division. The collection also contains an "interactive essay" on the Battle of the Bulge http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/maps/wwii/essay1.html, which includes a slide show, detailed views of selected maps, and commentary and analysis from Library of Congress curators on the course of the battle. John M. Anderson, Map Librarian and Director, Cartographic Information Center, Department of Geography & Anthropology, Louisiana State University created the collection's framework text.
"World War II Military Situation Maps, 1944-1945" is one of more than 130 thematic presentations available from the American Memory Web site [http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/] of more than 10 million items. These presentations range from the papers of U.S. presidents, Civil War photographs and early films of Thomas Edison to papers documenting the women’s suffrage and civil rights movements, Jazz Age photographs and the first baseball cards. The materials are drawn from the collections of the Library of Congress and other major repositories.
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