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Original U.S. WWII German Flak Air Defenses Along Swiss/German Border of Lake Constance - 34” x 24”

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a spectacular example of a rare Flak denses map of Bern, Switzerland on the German side of Lake Constance. The locations were compiled from all data collected up to March 11, 1945. The map is in wonderful condition but does show use and wear with hard creasing as well as tearing. Finding these maps in any condition is a rarity, but to find one in complete legible condition is not often found in today's market.

During WWII, to protect the Third Reich’s cities and industrial sites from Allied bombers, the NSDAP surrounded them with a large quantity of anti-aircraft guns. These were called, in the singular, Fliegerabwehrkanone (pilot defense gun). By cobbling together the first letters of each element of the longer compound word, this was typically shortened to ‘FlaK’. These weapons became the terror of Allied airmen flying bombing missions in the European Theater, their machines lashed with lethal showers of metal shards. The Times would note on 16 September 1940 that ‘The word “Flak” is probably used in every Bomber Command pilot’s report after a raid on Germany.’

FLAK maps were not heavily produced during WWII and were only done in very small batches using the most updated intelligence, after action reports from other raid missions, as well as updated aerial photos of the area. This would have been the main map used by the Navigators serving on a bomber.

The map is a wonderful example and comes more than ready for further research and display.

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