Auction 102

Lot 75:

GERMAN MAPS OF THE EASTERN FRONT - BATTLES OF RZHEV (3)

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Fantastic group of three German WWII field printed maps of the German Eastern Front – Red Army Western Front. Based on the printing dates and locations we can determine that these three maps originate from the period of the Soviet counter-offensive of 1942, the Battles of Rzhev, after the German advance on Moscow and would have been used by members of the Army Group Center. The first map was issued by the German Army ‘Troop Edition 2. Edition Sept. 1942 Russia 1; 50,000 Suitable as Shooting Map O-36-141 Based on Captured Russian Maps.’ This map shows RZHEV (Rshew) a town in Tver Oblast, Russia, located 49 kilometers southwest of Staritsa and 126 kilometers from Tver, on the highway and railway connecting Moscow and Riga. The map is 27.5 x 35 inches and very detailed and printed on the back of an earlier German map of Russia from 1939. The second map is smaller, 1.75 x 17.5 inches, for the area of OLENINO marked ‘O-36-139 1927, 1938-39’ printed by ‘Reproduction and Print KK. St. 406 I .42.’ and printed on the back of an older map of Russia from 1939 and marked in blue grease pencil ‘Motjug Olenino’. There are a number of place names underlined in red and blue and two are marked with a flag, possibly a headquarter or strategic position? The third map continues west with the next town called NELIDOWO, also underlined. The map is marked ‘Russia 1:100 000 Jetkino O-36-138 Printed after captured Russian maps ‘Armeekartenstelle Jan. 42.’ and also printed on the back of an older map of Russia dated 1939, 14 x 17.25 inches. Excellent maps with usual folds.

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