H029381 MAP/DISPATCH CASE MAP SLEEVE (With Map). (Kartenmuffe für Meldekartentasche M35)

BACKGROUND: Map/dispatch cases were issued on a limited basis to specifically designated personnel such as unit commanders, messengers, and observers. The M35 map/dispatch case was based on the Weimar era, Reichsheer pattern map/dispatch case with minor variations. The M35 map/dispatch case underwent a front closure modification in mid-1936, and an additional small front pocket was added in 1938, although the early pattern cases continued to be manufactured through-out the war. The M35 map/dispatch cases were issued with assorted map reading tools, instruments and accessories including clear celluloid map sleeves to protect the issue maps and also allowing points to be plotted with grease pencils without damaging the maps. Of Note: As with other armies the Germans had a Kriegskarten- und Vermessungswesen Abteilung, (War Maps and Surveying Department), under command of the OKH, Oberkommando des Heeres, (High Command of the Army). The war maps and surveying department was responsible for all army issue maps and worked in conjunction with the German Reichsamt für Landesaufnahme, (National Land Survey Office). Regulations dictated that army issue maps were exclusively for use of army personnel and that any reproduction or improper usage were punishable offences. German army maps were generally named and numbered and were issued as required.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 23cm tall, 17cm wide, dual sided, clear celluloid map sleeve with a machine stitched, white leather outer frame with an opened top edge. The frame has folding accordion sides for ease of inserting maps. Included is a 1941 dated German map.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $129.00

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