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(LENINGRAD.)

Miliärgeographische Angaben über das Europäische Rußland. Gebiet Leningrad.

Generalstab des Heeres, Abteilung für Kriegkarten und Vermessungswesen (IV. Mil.-Geo.), Berlin , 1941 Stock Code: 85225
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First edition, extremely uncommon "invasion" handbook produced by the Nazi General Staff cartographical department. OCLC locates just two apparently complete sets - BL and Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - and two copies of the text volume alone, both in Germany, and a scatter of the maps in German institutions. Issued just three months before the beginning of the horrific 872-day siege of the city, the longest, most destructive and most lethal in human history. As with the more familiar Operation Sea Lion volumes, for the invasion of Britain, the collected materials offer a remarkably thorough background guide. The images in the plate volume are clearly drawn from sources ranging from aerial reconnaissance flights, to post-cards and holiday snaps; while the mapping is all of the highest standard, with specific maps covering administrative districts, and - tellingly - minorities; a survey of roads; population densities; soil types; railways and waterways, including a station directory; city-plans of Leningrad and of Pskow, and a plan of the harbours. Fascinating, and highly desirable.

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Description

Octavo. Original card case complete with: Textheft - text volume; Bildheft -plate volume; and maps as called for.

Illustrations

Text volume with 64-pages, 6 folding maps and diagrams, sketch-maps and diagrams to the text; plate volume with over 100 plates from photographs, some double-page; 9 large, coloured, folding maps.

Condition

Case a little rubbed and soiled, and with minor splitting on joints, but overall very good.

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