Ressources for Map Design #7 Carte – GeoPortail

Carte-GeoPortail. Excellent online ressource for 1947 aerial pictures of nearly the whole of France. Hop to: GeoPortail Picture: Caen-Carpiquet area as per 1947. Compare to Google Maps to get an idea how the landscape changed since the 40s.

Ressources for Map Design #6 Remonter le temps – IGN

Another very helpful ressource is the French IGN site “Remonter le temps”. It offers pictures as early as 1945 (if available) for Normandy and France. Example: Area Putot-en-Bessin, Norrey-en-Bessin, Bretteville l’Orgueilleuse, also known as the “brigade fortress” of the canadian 7th infantry brigade (7th CIB) on the “oak-line” from 7th to 16th june 1944. Norrey-en-Bessin…

Sneak Peak – Tilly-sur-Seulles #2

More Screenies from the Tilly-sur-Seulles project. This time from the LINGEVRES map. LINGEVRES map looking north-west LINGEVRES and to the north ESSEX WOODS Looking north from Les VERRIERES Top down on LINGEVRES Top down on BERNIERES-BOCAGE

Sneak Peak – Tilly-sur-Seulles #1

I think it is about time to give a small sneak peak about the Tilly-sur-Seulles Project I´m working on. As of today I´m deeply involved in mapdesign. Using the Combat Mission: Normandy (CM:N) Editor I create 4x4km mastermaps of the terrain around Tilly-sur-Seulles which involves roughly the west-east line BELLE-EPINE to CRISTOT and the south-north…

Ressources for Scenario Research #1 British Library Online Maps

British Library Online Maps – A very helpful resource to understand primary sources as e.g. british unit diaries are contemporary british maps with UTM grids. Very often unit locations, unit objectives and points of importance are identified by UTM coordinates. Example: the unit diary of 4 CLY (County of London Yeomanry), an armoured regiment of 7th armoured…

Panzerlehr Division at Tilly-sur-Seulles

Hi, a little update on a recent project I´m working on. Right now I´m researching the action of the Panzerlehr Division in Normandy 1944. Basically this “textbook” Panzer Division reached the Caen area in the night of 7/8 june 1944 and was involved in the brutal fighting around Tilly-sur-Seulles against the british forces which came ashore at…

Ressources for Map Design #5 IWM Pictures

IWM – Imperial war museum. An additional and very valuable source to consult in the process of map design is the IWM. By looking at contemporary pictures you get a feeling for the look of the landscape or the look of towns and villages back then. Make extensive use of this ressource to create maps…

Ressources for Map Design #4 Aerial Pictures

NCAP-The National Collection of Aerial Photography. Make use of contemporary aerial photography. An excellent source to consult for your search can be found here: NCAP search “Lingevres” All pictures courtesy of: The National Collection of Aerial Photography HES 16 Bernard Terrace Edinburgh EH89NX United Kingdom Lingevres (D13 crossing La Tour d’Hiver) 06 June 1944 (Source…

Ressources for Map Design #2 GeoCalvados

GeoCalvados. You find excellent topo maps of the Calvados area, Normandy here: GeoCalvados Picture: Lingevres area. Scan of IGN map including topo lines as available online at GeoCalvados.

Ressources for Map Design #1 GeoCalvados

GeoCalvados. Excellent online ressource for 1947 aerial pictures of Normandy. Hop to: GeoCalvados Picture: Lingevres area as per 1947. Compare to Google Maps to get an idea how the landscape changed since the 40s.