zondag 5 december 2010

Looking for a better topographic map

Good readers,

I am re-reading Savory’s His Britannic Majesty’s Army in Germany. Although, the book has excellent maps for the various engagements and campaign areas, none offer a topographic overview of Western Germany. I have searched the internet and found one example, but this does not list all the cities. It does however, gives the reader an immediate idea why the campaigns developed the way they did.

For the French armies, lateral communications were a problem and the mountain ranges channeled their deployment. Operating from interior lines, the allies could be selective with their plans and keep French forces occupied with relatively less numbers.

My query to the readership, has anyone located a better topographic map of Western Germany better than what I already have found?


3 opmerkingen:

Steve-the-Wargamer zei

Could I suggest you use Googlemaps for "Germany" and use the "terrain" feature???

Timurilank zei

Hello Steve,

The suggestion was also made at TMP, The Miniatures Page. One I do not have the "Earth" option installed and two, there would be too many modern developmets the would create too much confusion.

18th c. cartography showed cities and towns in relation to rivers, forest and mountain ranges. This is actually all I require to follow the campapagns in Savory.

Looking at the example map I have posted has brought a better understanding of why there were three French field armies and why the French during the winter season deployed in such depth.

Steve-the-Wargamer zei


By the way, you don't need the "Earth" option to use "terrain" - it's one of the options under vanilla plain GoogleMaps...

I had another idea as well - try Bing - good maps but as you say, they are modern...