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The Eye of the Army: German Aircraft and Aero Cartography in World War I

  • Jürgen Espenhorst
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)

Abstract

Early military aviation relied first and foremost on maps for navigational purposes, but was also involved in the compilation, improvement and updating of the map sheets used. Although aeronautics and cartography were entwined, their overlap has remained largely understudied. The following notes are an attempt to close this informational gap with regard to Germany’s participation in WWI with the focus on German military aviation (Luftstreitkräfte). For an additional discussion of the Central Power’s general approach to military mapping in the Great War, please see chapter “A good map is half the battle” (vide pp. xx—xx).

Keywords

General Staff Landing Strip German Army Western Front Cartographic Material 
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Notes

Acknowledgements

The author is indebted to Dr. Markus Heinz at the map section of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin as well as Alfons Venker-Metarp and Winfried Schrödter of the Bundeswehr for their extensive support and encouragement. Acknowledgement also goes to Dr. George R. Crossman for the translation of the German text into English.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.SchwerteGermany

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