Thursday, 21 February 2019

NLS uploads Second World War maps of Scotland

The National Library of Scotland ( has added a series of Second World War maps of Scotland to its online mapping holdings, as well as a small number for the Isle of Man and south-east England. Here's the blurb from the site:

War Office, Great Britain 1:25,000. GSGS 3906, 1940-43

This military map series at 1:25,000 was begun in the 1930s, but at the outbreak of War in 1939, only covered around a seventh of the country. Printing was then dramatically speeded up, so that the whole series was completed in a few months. Our holdings have printing dates from 1940-43.

The underlying topographic detail was photographically reduced from the latest available Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile maps. This topographic base was then usually overprinted them with thick brown contour lines, enlarged from the latest Ordnance Survey one-inch to the mile maps. The map series was produced by the War Office, or Geographical Section, General Staff, and carry their series designation, G.S.G.S. 3906.

This is all our holdings of this series, consisting of 829 sheets. Coverage of Scotland is complete, with a small number of sheets covering the Isle of Man and south-east England

To view the maps, visit


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