The world, in 1913

A couple of years ago, I ‘inherited’ a map of the world, from my father-in-law.

Atmosphereic, eh?

It is a Hammond’s Illustrated Atlas of the World and was published in 1913, by C. S. Hammond & Company, New York. I find, have found, it interesting through reading so much, so many books about the First World War, the Second World War and the period in between. As you read so many theories about the causes of the Second World War that mention the German’s frustrations, anger, and lust for revenge over the injustices (as they saw them), imposed on them – territorially especially – after the First World War and the Paris treaty of 1919, that I have longed for a map showing, in particular, the area of Prussia and the Sudetenland. Both areas were used as ‘excuses’ for invasion by the Third Reich, to liberate or include, German-speaking peoples into the Third Reich. At the time of invasion, of course, they were in Poland and Czechoslovakia.

Denmark, Mecklenberg, Pomerania, West Prussia, East Prussia 1913. Click on it, or the little tick marks (if there are any) to see it larger.

I need to find a way of scanning the map(s) in properly, but here is a first attempt, of the area at the north of ‘Germany’ as it is listed, including Denmark (where I live!), and Prussia. East Prussia interests me in particular at the moment, as I’m reading Ardennes 1944 (‘Hitler’s ill-fated final stand. On 16 December, 1944, Hitler launched his ‘last gamble’ in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes’), by Sir Anthony Beevor . Hitler has just had to leave the Wolf’s Lair (Wolfsschanze) his “first Eastern Front military headquarters in World War II. The complex, which became one of several Führerhauptquartiere (Führer Headquarters) in various parts of eastern Europe, was built for the start of Operation Barbarossa – the invasion of the Soviet Union – in 1941.” (Wikipedia).

So, I’m thinking “what’s he doing all the way over there?” And more importantly “where exactly is ‘all the way over there’?!” So now, both you and I know.

I hope you find it interesting, or even helpful. I’ll look at more maps as I figure out the best way of doing it.

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