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The Library has a large collection of maps relating to the First World War, including maps showing the political situation on the eve of the War, military and civilian maps showing the changing frontlines during the War and maps showing the changes to national boundaries which came as a result of the War.

When we think of First World War maps we usually think of the trench maps produced in their millions to show the ebb and flow of the front line on the Western Front, but the collection shows that this is only part of the story. There are maps used to inform the public, often produced by or in newspapers and magazines; there are the propaganda maps helped to bolster morale or persuade neutral countries to join one side or the other; there are even map based games designed to be used by the troops in the trenches.