Civilian maps

One of the striking features of the First World War is the way in which maps were used to inform the public of the War’s progress, this was mostly done through newspapers who printed maps within their pages, but who also published separate map supplements to accompany the news.

Many of the maps produced for the newspapers were actually drawn by commercial map publishers, in addition to this work for the newspapers they also published their own maps, sometimes rebranded versions of pre-war maps but also with additional information relating to the war.

As well as individual maps or sets of maps some publishers produced war atlases, which sometimes ran to several editions over the course of the war.