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Rare maps show how Nazi chiefs had East Lancs in their sights

Chorley Citizen: Rare maps show how Nazi chiefs had East Lancs in their sights Rare maps show how Nazi chiefs had East Lancs in their sights

RARE maps of East Lancashire handed to top Nazi commanders preparing for the invasion of Britain are up for sale.

The large-scale maps of Blackburn and Accrington, showing buildings of strategic or military importance and targets for Luftwaffe bombers, were issued in Berlin in 1942.

They label hospitals, railways, water supplies, mills, metalworks, bridges, and other targets.

They are being sold by York-based collector Michael Cole, who said: “In short, these street plans are confidential documents prepared at the height of the Second World War, for use by high-ranking military planners, officers and their immediate staff within the top echelons of the German war machine.

“They are very difficult to find, particularly in this fine condition, and of immense local history interest.

“I buy these maps whenever I see them, and I have only come across three sets in 10 years. They are worth around £100 for the pair.”

The maps are at a scale of 1:10,000, which is around six inches to the mile. They are classed at number five on the UKBI Rarity Scale, which means the maps ‘when catalogued, no other example, or no example in equivalent condition, can be found worldwide’.

During the war, the Germans drew up plans for Operation Sealion, or Unternehmen Seelowe, the invasion of Britain.

Huge scores of Nazi soldiers would have attempted to land along the south coast, but after the Battle of Britain in 1940, the plans were put on hold.

Mr Cole said: “However, while abandoning their immediate plans to invade, the German High Command continued to gather together detailed information to prepare the ground for any future invasion or occupation of Britain.

“What is nice about the Accrington maps in particular is they are incredibly detailed.”

Mr Cole is selling the maps from his own private collection, which he has amassed over the last 45 years.

The 60 or so items include rare military books, maps, and documents including both German and Allied Forces intelligence material.

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7:24pm Sun 25 May 14

Baconboy says...

Where are these maps for sale?
Where are these maps for sale? Baconboy
  • Score: 6

7:41pm Sun 25 May 14

Copperhead says...

If the fascists had invaded, we would have fought back against them, helped and equipped by our government.
Now we have been invaded by hordes of unwelcome immigrants from all over the world, we DAREN'T fight back, or even complain about it, or else our government will attack , calling US fascist and even taking legal action against anyone they deem to be guilty of "racism".
Blair, Brown, Straw, Ca-moron ( sic ) and Clegg have done what Napoleon, the Kaiser and Hitler failed to do - facilitated the invasion and occupation of the UK.
If the fascists had invaded, we would have fought back against them, helped and equipped by our government. Now we have been invaded by hordes of unwelcome immigrants from all over the world, we DAREN'T fight back, or even complain about it, or else our government will attack , calling US fascist and even taking legal action against anyone they deem to be guilty of "racism". Blair, Brown, Straw, Ca-moron ( sic ) and Clegg have done what Napoleon, the Kaiser and Hitler failed to do - facilitated the invasion and occupation of the UK. Copperhead
  • Score: 26

9:40pm Sun 25 May 14

Old Alzheimer says...

The Germans had photos of thousands of targets in the UK.
I have had photos of many targets in the UK, in German military literature, in my possession for many years.
This is not news to me !!
The Germans had photos of thousands of targets in the UK. I have had photos of many targets in the UK, in German military literature, in my possession for many years. This is not news to me !! Old Alzheimer
  • Score: -1

10:47pm Sun 25 May 14

Steven Seagull says...

Blackburn looks like it has just very recently been bombed to some tune.
Blackburn looks like it has just very recently been bombed to some tune. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 2

11:08pm Sun 25 May 14

phil kernot says...

It is history but in the last 30 years all of the previous party's labour , conservatives and liberals might aswell have danced on the graves of. The war heroes , with what thay have done for this country ,, that's why ukip will be the new party because thay will listen to the man in the st .... Too many posh people running the country and out for what they can get. , we have the Houses of Parliament ( were all the posh people sit ) and the House of Commons were the poor people was meant to be able to voice there opinion ,,, are there any poor people able to represent the people ,,, No ....
It is history but in the last 30 years all of the previous party's labour , conservatives and liberals might aswell have danced on the graves of. The war heroes , with what thay have done for this country ,, that's why ukip will be the new party because thay will listen to the man in the st .... Too many posh people running the country and out for what they can get. , we have the Houses of Parliament ( were all the posh people sit ) and the House of Commons were the poor people was meant to be able to voice there opinion ,,, are there any poor people able to represent the people ,,, No .... phil kernot
  • Score: 8

11:54pm Sun 25 May 14

woolywords says...

A war story...

In near perfect German, my dear old Dad, ordered a meal for us.
The waiter asked if he had been to Hamburg before..
Oh yes, the old duffer replied.
But as the waiter walked away, he muttered, many times, at 18 000ft!

He was always good for a dry joke like that, and I do miss him.
A war story... In near perfect German, my dear old Dad, ordered a meal for us. The waiter asked if he had been to Hamburg before.. Oh yes, the old duffer replied. But as the waiter walked away, he muttered, many times, at 18 000ft! He was always good for a dry joke like that, and I do miss him. woolywords
  • Score: 19

7:14am Mon 26 May 14

Excluded again says...

Reminds me of the story of a German delegation visiting a British Council in the 1980s. The Council was proudly showing off its plans to regenerate some of its poorer east end areas.

In answer to the question of why the east end areas were so poor, the chief planner explained it was because the prevailing winds in Britain were westerly. So all the smoke and dirt from the factories tended to be blown into the east end, so the poor had been housed there.

'Ah' said one rather correct elderly German, 'I always wondered why that was when I studied maps of British cities'.

'What, did you study town planning'

'No, I was a bomber pilot' came the reply.
Reminds me of the story of a German delegation visiting a British Council in the 1980s. The Council was proudly showing off its plans to regenerate some of its poorer east end areas. In answer to the question of why the east end areas were so poor, the chief planner explained it was because the prevailing winds in Britain were westerly. So all the smoke and dirt from the factories tended to be blown into the east end, so the poor had been housed there. 'Ah' said one rather correct elderly German, 'I always wondered why that was when I studied maps of British cities'. 'What, did you study town planning' 'No, I was a bomber pilot' came the reply. Excluded again
  • Score: 4

11:02am Mon 26 May 14

juanbbien says...

They bombed our chippies you know
They bombed our chippies you know juanbbien
  • Score: 2

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