You are bidding on a SUPERB 1940’s 1:4000000 WW2 US Army & Navy Silk Escape and Evasion Map! This was carried by both Fighter Pilots and Bomber crews in emergency situations. This map covers Japan and the South China Seas & East China Seas. Measures a VERY NICE 32″ x 30″ size.
During World War II, airmen were provided with cloth “Escape and Evasion” maps for use if shot down behind enemy lines. In the Pacific theater, crews flying over vast bodies of open water carried ocean current and prevailing wind “drift” maps if isolated on a life raft. Here, green lines represent the direction of currents from May through September; red lines, from November through March. Initially made of hard-to-obtain silk, the American military turned to DuPont’s synthetic-fiber fabric, rayon. Rayon maps were easily hidden, could endure harsh weather and combat conditions, would not disintegrate in water, and could be used quietly. However, applying traditional paper-printing techniques to cloth posed problems. Thus, the Army turned to the board-game industry for assistance, who typically printed game boards on linen, a process highly transferable to military needs. By the end of the war, more than 3.5 million maps were printed.
Made of Acetate Rayon, and printed in 1945, this map is in SUPERB condition for its age! It measures approx. 32″ x 30″ in size, and being double-sided, covers Japan and the South China Seas & East China Seas. Indicates various locations of lakes, seas, towns, villages, cities, and elevations….as well as seasonal currents and longitude/latitude degree markings. Though there are a few folds, there are NO marks, stains, or damage…and the colors are VERY vibrant! Some slight fraying, but that is expected, due to the age. A VERY RARE and FANTASTIC addition to any collection, display, or simply as a conversation piece!
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Although my passion is the Me109, I do offer many other German Aircraft (Fw190, Me262, etc.), as well as USAF and Japanese items. Occasionally I do offer many non-vintage items such as prints and art relating to the time period. As a private collector myself, I am constantly on the lookout for historical memorabilia, authentic photographs, artwork or anything unique relating to military aircraft.
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