Extremely rare WW2 German Luftwaffe Navigators London bombing map dated 30 November 1941.
This very rare Luftwaffe Bombing Map identifies the key sites and infrastructure in Central and Southern London which were targeted by the German Luftwaffe at the height of the Blitz during the Second World War.
The bombing targets pinpointed on the map are centred around Wimbledon, Chelsea and Fulham. Many of the targets appear to follow the route of the River Thames which German pilots would have used as an aid to help them navigate.
Key targets are highlighted in red and include Chelsea Barracks, The Duke of Yorks Headquarters and The Tate Gallery. Other key sites are outlined in purple and include Battersea Power Station and West Middlesex Water Works.
It is thought that the Duke of York’s headquarters in Kensington was targeted due to the court martials of German spies Josef Jakobs and Theodore Schurch having been conducted in the building.
The map is over 75 years old and provides a fascinating insight into the key London bombing targets of the German Luftwaffe. Such maps are incredibly rare to find since most would have almost certainly been destroyed before they were able to fall into British hands.
The single sided waterproof map was found in the loft of a late RAF Lancaster Bomber Rear Gunner and is believed to have come from the debris of a downed Luftwaffe bomber.
The Luftwaffe bombing map for sale was widely reported in the British national press, a link to one such article is included here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4256244/Map-revealing-Germany-s-WWII-bombing-targets-discovered.html