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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 4410 Series - Greece 1:250,000

GSGS 4410 Series - Greece 1:250,000

GSGS 4410 is a series of maps covering Greece at 1:250,000 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 4414 Series - Germany 1:25000

GSGS 4414 Series - Germany 1:25000

We hold very few GSGS Series 4414 maps - so if the map you require is not in our product range then please contact us and we will attempt to source it for you.
GSGS 4416 Series - Germany 1:100,000

GSGS 4416 Series - Germany 1:100,000

These are currently the GSGS Series 4416 maps that we hold. If the map you require is not uploaded or is indicated on the map not marked in green then please contact us and we will add it to the site or ...
GSGS 4427 Series - Holland 1:25,500

GSGS 4427 Series - Holland 1:25,500

Below is a quick schematic of the current GSGS Series 4427 Holland 1:25,000 maps that we hold (these include the American AMS M831 equivalents) - use it in conjunction with the 'Notes on GSGS Mapping' ...
GSGS 4458 Series - Holland Town Plans

GSGS 4458 Series - Holland Town Plans

This is a series of street plans denoted as GSGS 4458 compiled from Dutch sources in a varying degree of scales but all around 1:10000.
GSGS 4490 Series - France 1:12,500 Defence Overprint

GSGS 4490 Series - France 1:12,500 Defence Overprint

Below is a quick of the current GSGS Series 4490 France 1:12,500 Defence maps that we hold. If you require a map we do not have then please contact us and we will attempt to source it for you. REMEMBER ...
GSGS 4507 Series - Germany 1:50000

GSGS 4507 Series - Germany 1:50000

We hold very few GSGS Series 4507 maps - so if the map you require is not in our product range then please contact us and we will attempt to source it for you.
Miscellaneous Sicilian Mapping 1943 -44

Miscellaneous Sicilian Mapping 1943 -44

This section covers all the GSGS mapping for Sicily. Although they are part of the same series as mainland Italy they have been included separately here for ease of reference. There are also some additional ...
Miscellaneous Normandy Mapping 1944

Miscellaneous Normandy Mapping 1944

The Normandy series of maps include the a special set of the GSGS 4347 defence overprints series and some specific campaign maps. Although our archive is comprehensive it is not exhaustive so if you require ...
Miscelleaneous Belgian Mapping 1944 - 1945

Miscelleaneous Belgian Mapping 1944 - 1945

The Belgian series of maps include a copy of the marked Wormhoudt war crimes map. Although our Belgian archive is far from comprehensive we are uploading all the time so if you require a map that we do ...
Miscellaneous Dutch Mapping 1943 - 1944

Miscellaneous Dutch Mapping 1943 - 1944

The Dutch series of maps include the GSGS 4040 series - 1:25,000, and the GSGS 4040 series - 1:50,000 Italy. Although our Dutch archive is far from comprehensive we are uploading all the time so if you ...
BAOR Battlefield Guide Maps

BAOR Battlefield Guide Maps

This set of maps are the maps contained within the famous BAOR Battlefield Guides. We supply these maps with the downloadable guides on our site but we thoguht you may like to have access to just the maps ...
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