Redbridge Museum – Map of the week


Our Map of the Week is unusual in that it is an escape map for British forces during World War II.

During this time around 1 million escape maps were made on behalf of the British armed forces.  These were issued to soldiers, seamen and airmen in case they found themselves behind enemy lines. They were particularly useful for airmen who could be shot down and then had to make their way to safety.

The maps were printed on lightweight silk, or rayon so they were easy to hide,  waterproof, crease resistant and didn’t make a noise when opened , so wouldn’t give away their hiding position to the enemy

This  particular map  shows part of India and Burma  and was donated to the Museum by a local person in Hainault.

Title  Escape map for British forces during World War II

Associated Dates- 1939-1945

Location – On display- Redbridge Museum, Central Library 1st Floor

Opening times – Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm & Saturday 10am-4pm

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Post author: A. Deo

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