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Most of the maps used by British land and air forces in the Second World War were made by the Geographical Section, General Staff (GSGS, also known as MI 4), operating under the Director of Military Operations and Intelligence. GSGS senior staff were usually Royal Engineer officers with surveying qualifications, although there were a few Royal Artillery or infantry officers. The rest of the staff were civil technical assistants and clerks, together with some RE other ranks.

In peace-time, the role of GSGS was to supply maps to the forces, collect data on foreign survey networks, provide training, and prepare survey data for Expeditionary Force mobilisation. GSGS was organised into small sections, each of which specialised in maps of a particular region.

In 1936, the Directorate of Military Operations and Intelligence (DMO&I) began to map north-eastern France and Belgium at 1:50,000. The volume of work necessitated some being allocated to Ordnance Survey, then under War Office control. The maps contain in these archives are al part of the GSGS series.

GSGS 2541 Series - Holland 1:100,000

GSGS 2541 Series - Holland 1:100,000

These are currently the GSGS Series 2541 maps that we hold. If the map you require is not uploaded then please contact us and we will add it to the site or attempt to source it for you.
GSGS 2788 Series - France 1:250,000

GSGS 2788 Series - France 1:250,000

Below is a quick schematic of the current GSGS Series 2788 France 1:250,000 maps that we hold - use it in conjunction with the 'Notes on GSGS Mapping' document provided free below. The maps we hold are ...
GSGS 3919 Series - Baghdad Dalaim and Hilla Divisions 1:253,440

GSGS 3919 Series - Baghdad Dalaim and Hilla Divisions 1:253,440

GSGS 3919 is a rare series of maps covering Baghdad, Dulaim and Hilla Divisions at 1:253,440 scale. We only hold two of these maps at present but if the map you require is not one of those we hold then ...
GSGS 4040 Series - N.E. France and Belgium 1:50,000

GSGS 4040 Series - N.E. France and Belgium 1:50,000

Below is a quick schematic of the current GSGS Series 4040 France and Belgium  1:50,000 maps that we hold - use it in conjunction with the 'Notes on GSGS Mapping' document provided free below. We ...
GSGS 4041 Series - N.E. France and Belgium 1:25,000

GSGS 4041 Series - N.E. France and Belgium 1:25,000

Below is a quick schematic of the current GSGS Series 4041 France and Belgium 1:25,000 maps that we hold - use it in conjunction with the 'Notes on GSGS Mapping' document provided free below. The maps ...
GSGS 4042 Series - N.E. France and Belgium 1:250,000

GSGS 4042 Series - N.E. France and Belgium 1:250,000

Below is a quick schematic of the current GSGS Series 4042 France and Belgium 1:250,000 maps that we hold - use it in conjunction with the 'Notes on GSGS Mapping' document provided free below. As you can ...
GSGS 4072 Series - Europe (Air) 1:500,000

GSGS 4072 Series - Europe (Air) 1:500,000

Our map selection from this large scale map series.
GSGS 4076 Series - Cyrenaica 1:100,000

GSGS 4076 Series - Cyrenaica 1:100,000

GSGS 4076 is a series of maps covering Cyrenaica at 1:100,000 scale. We only hold three of these maps at present but if the map you require is not one of those we hold then please contact us and we will ...
GSGS 4084 Series - Egypt 1:500,000

GSGS 4084 Series - Egypt 1:500,000

GSGS 4084 is a series of maps covering Egypt at 1:500,000 scale. We only hold two of these maps at present but if the map you require is not one of those we hold then please contact us and we will attempt ...
GSGS 4085 Series - Egypt 1:100,000

GSGS 4085 Series - Egypt 1:100,000

GSGS 4085 is a series of maps covering Egypt at 1:100,000 scale. We only hold four of these maps at present but if the map you require is not one of those we hold then please contact us and we will attempt ...
GSGS 4164 Series - Italy 1:100000

GSGS 4164 Series - Italy 1:100000

This is a series of maps from the GSGS 4164 set of 1:100,000 maps covering Italy.
GSGS 4194 Series - Syria 1:500,000

GSGS 4194 Series - Syria 1:500,000

GSGS 4194 is a series of maps covering Syria at 1:500,000 scale. We only hold one of these maps at present but if the map you require is not one of those we hold then please contact us and we will attempt ...
GSGS 4228 Series - Italy 1:25,000

GSGS 4228 Series - Italy 1:25,000

Below is a quick schematic of the current GSGS Series 4228 Italy 1:25,000 maps that we hold - use it in conjunction with the 'Notes on GSGS Mapping' document provided free below. The maps we hold ...
GSGS 4229 Series - Italy 1:50,000

GSGS 4229 Series - Italy 1:50,000

Below is a quick schematic of the current GSGS Series 4229 Italy 1:50,000 maps that we hold - use it in conjunction with the 'Notes on GSGS Mapping' document provided free below. The maps we hold ...
GSGS 4231 Series - Libya 1:500,000

GSGS 4231 Series - Libya 1:500,000

GSGS 4231 is a series of maps covering Libya at 1:500,000 scale. We only hold three of these maps at present but if the map you require is not one of those we hold then please contact us and we will attempt ...
GSGS 4249 Series - France 1:100,000

GSGS 4249 Series - France 1:100,000

Below is a quick schematic of the current GSGS Series 4249 France 1:100,000 maps that we hold - use it in conjunction with the 'Notes on GSGS Mapping' document provided free below. The maps we hold ...
GSGS 4250 Series - France 1:50,000

GSGS 4250 Series - France 1:50,000

Below is a quick schematic of the current GSGS Series 4250 France 1:50,000 maps that we hold - use it in conjunction with the 'Notes on GSGS Mapping' document provided free below. The maps we hold ...
GSGS 4281 Series - Mediterranee 1:2,000,000

GSGS 4281 Series - Mediterranee 1:2,000,000

GSGS 4281 is a series of maps covering the Mediterranean area at 1:2,000,000 scale. We only hold three of these maps at present but if the map you require is not one of those we hold then please contact ...
GSGS 4336 Series - N.E. France and Belgium 1:100,000

GSGS 4336 Series - N.E. France and Belgium 1:100,000

Below is a quick schematic of the current GSGS Series 4336 France and Belgium 1:100,000 maps that we hold - use it in conjunction with the 'Notes on GSGS Mapping' document provided free below. The maps ...
GSGS 4347 Series - France 1:25,000

GSGS 4347 Series - France 1:25,000

Below is a quick schematic of the current GSGS Series 4347 France 1:25,000 maps that we hold - use it in conjunction with the 'Notes on GSGS Mapping' document provided free below. The maps we hold ...
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