L018373 FLIGHT NAVIGATION MAP. (Navigationskarte)

BACKGROUND: As with other armed forces the Germans had a KuVA, Kriegskarten-und Vermessungswesen Abteilung, (War Maps and Surveying Department), under command of the OKH, Oberkommando des Heeres, (High Command of the Army), and the OKW Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, (High Command of the Armed Forces). 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 armed forces issued maps were exclusively for use of armed forces personnel and that any reproduction or improper usage were punishable offences. The German Luftwaffe also utilized a wide variety of navigational accessories and maps in all theatres of battle. As a relatively new branch of service the Luftwaffe utilized maps produced by the KuVa but also produced their own maps under the supervision of the RLM’s, Reichsluftfahrtministerium, (National Air Ministry), Generalstab der Luftwaffe, (Air-Force General Staff). Maps produced specifically for the Luftwaffe used a specific Gradnetzmeldeverfahren, ({Map}, Degree Network Reference System), based on the Greenwich longitude/latitude degree system to pinpoint a precise location on any map. Luftwaffe maps for aircrew usage were produced with a yellowish tint for easy visibility in low light situations. Of Note: The Luftwaffe’s Gradnetzmeldeverfahren differed slightly from the coordinate systems used by the army and the navy.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A roughly, 84cm x 66cm, 1:250,000 scale, single sided, multi-color, printed, oilcloth construction, flight navigational map featuring the "Midlands" of England.

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