Original U.S. WWII Army Air Forces Escape and Evasion “Silk” Map Lot - 4 Items

Item Description

Original Items: Only One Lot of 4 Available. Evasion charts or escape maps are maps made for service members, and intended to be used when caught behind enemy lines to assist in performing escape and evasion. Such documents were secreted to prisoners of war by various means to aid in escape attempts.

During World War II, these clandestine maps were used by many American, British, and allied servicemen to escape from behind enemy lines. Special material was used for this purpose, due to the need for a material that would be hardier than paper, and would not tear or dissolve in water.

Evasion charts produced for the US, UK, and NATO were printed on vinyl sheets in the 1960s. Modern evasion charts are made of Tyvek 'paper', which permit printing of minute detail while remaining waterproof and tear-resistant.

The Maps Featured In This Lot:
- Eastern Asia Peking/Ryojun: The map measures 24 ½” x 24 ½” and is dated 1944. The scale is 1:1,000,000 and the map is in unused condition.

- Eastern Asia Nemuro/Hakodate: The map measures 24 ½” x 23” and is dated 1944. The scale is 1:1,000,000 and the map is slightly used, minor stains and the edges are starting to fray, but is still serviceable.

- Japan and South China Seas/East China Sea: The map measures 32 ½” x 29 ½” and is dated 1945. The scale is 1:4,000,000 and shows flight and taxi paths for aircraft both above the sea as well as land. The map is slightly used and the edges are frayed but it is still very serviceable and can be easily read.

- Southern Sumatra-Northwest Java/Southwest Borneo, South Sumatra, East & West Java: This map was designed to be used alone or in conjunction with other maps to create a large map of the certain area. This map is sheets “G” and “H” and would be conjoined with the map “44/F”. This map is labeled as 44/G and is a scale of 1:1,000,000 and is undated but appears to be WWII manufacture. The map measures 38” x 25” and is in lovely condition with the standard reinforced edges to make joining other maps more accurate.

All maps are in great condition, all legible and with clear colors and images. They do have fold marks in them from many years of storage, but nothing damaging. They all come more than ready to display.

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