IGN’s excellent World War I commemorative map presented in an encapsulated, waterproof wall map format, size 121 x 100cm (46.5" x 39.5" approx). The map provides an overview of the Western Front supported by three more detailed enlargements of the main battlefields including the Somme area, and highlights 15 special Remembrance Trails, remaining trenches, numerous memorial sites, museums, cemeteries, etc.
Prepared by the IGN in collaboration with the Mission du Centenaire programme set up by the French Government, the map has a far more detailed base for presenting all the WWI-related information than found on other maps of the Western Front. A road map of northern France at 1:410,000 shows the whole of the front line in October 1914 from the Swiss border to the coast of Flanders, also indicating the limit of the German advance and the eventual Armistice line of 11.11.1918. Three panels provide more detailed enlargements at 1:290,000: the Béthune - Péronne area including the Somme battlefields, Arras and Vimy Ridge; the Reims - Compiègne area with Chemin des Dammes; plus Verdun.
Both the main map and the enlargements indicate numerous memorial locations, including several commemorative tours by car, train, bicycle or walking, e.g. The Front route between Ypres and the Somme, a 92-km Albert - Thiepval - Péronne route through the main Somme battlefields, The British Circuit of Remembrance and The Victoria Cross routes near Soissons, etc. 15 tours have brief descriptions with website addresses and some with QR codes for downloading further information. Also provided is a year-by-year list of the principal Western Front battles with each entry cross-referenced to its location on the main map.
PLEASE NOTE: in this wall map format, map legend and all the additional text are in French only; in the folded version of this title all the information includes English.
Although the map covers the whole of the Western Front, including Flanders with Ypres and Passendale/ Passchendaele, the overprint within Belgium is more limited – the map is designed to provide information mainly within France.
LAMINATED and ENCAPSULATED WALL MAPS:
- LAMINATED wall maps have a thin layer of plastic usually applied to the printed side only. They can be written on with suitable marker pens without any damage to the map but, unless laminated on both sides, they are not damp-proof.
- ENCAPSULATED wall maps are sealed between two sheets of plastic. They are more rigid and heavier than laminated maps of the same size. They are damp-proof and do not crinkle in humid conditions. Encapsulation gives the map a shiny surface, similar to being displayed behind glass.
- PLEASE NOTE: many publishers and retailers often use these two terms interchangeably. Our map titles and descriptions follow the definitions provided above.
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