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Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP28 Apr 2022 6:43 a.m. PST

A very interesting story about how the US Army used reprinted 1939 Michelin Guides to guide themselves across France and into Germany during 1944 and 1945.



rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP28 Apr 2022 8:43 a.m. PST

I had read that Patton used one but I did not know how widespread they were used by the Allies. Interesting!

Wolfhag Supporting Member of TMP28 Apr 2022 9:33 a.m. PST

Baedeker Blitz:

The Baedeker Blitz or Baedeker raids were a series of aerial attacks in April and May 1942 by the German Luftwaffe on English cities during the Second World War. The name derives from Baedeker, a series of German tourist guide books, including detailed maps, which were used to select targets for bombing.



Blutarski28 Apr 2022 10:28 a.m. PST

I have one such book in my book collection: an English language Michelin Guide for the Verdun/Argonne region printed in 1931, inscribed as the property of -

Lt. John C. Di Leo

Another good resource for WW2 ETO wargamers is:
"A Guide to the American Battle Fields in Europe" prepared by the American Battle Monuments Commission, United States Government Printing Office, Washington, 1927. My copy of this book includes three large (about 24x30in) fold-out 1:100000 scale color topographical maps featuring 20m contour intervals in a pocket inside the back cover: St Mihiel-Metz region; Aisne-Marne region; Verdun-Sedan region.


Cerdic28 Apr 2022 10:40 a.m. PST

Useful for finding the best hotels in Nancy, I've heard…

Blutarski28 Apr 2022 11:47 a.m. PST



Old Contemptible28 Apr 2022 3:29 p.m. PST

I believe the Germans used Michelin maps in 1940. Michelin maps are quite collectable.

Personal logo gamertom Supporting Member of TMP28 Apr 2022 5:28 p.m. PST

I bought a copy of the American Battle Monuments Commission at a used book stored back around 1976 and still have it. Was it used liked the Michelin guides?

hetzer Supporting Member of TMP29 Apr 2022 3:38 a.m. PST

Well played Cerdic!

Buck21529 Apr 2022 10:01 a.m. PST

Cerdic- excellent reference to "Kelly's Heroes"! I would not doubt that line about the Michelin guides uttered by Big Joe elicited laughs from the movie audience, but as pointed out, the Michelin guides were actually used by allied forces to get around, so that little detail of the movie is historically accurate. Finding a nice hotel in Nancy would be a priority for exhausted troops after heisting $16 USD million dollars (or 65 Million Marks) from a bank!

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