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Eye-popping pictorial map of the South Pacific campaigns of WWII, 1944

A mammoth and colorful propaganda poster of the South Pacific issued by the U.S. Navy Department near the end of World War II.

This impressive, separately-published pictorial map highlights events across the South Pacific, beginning with the Japanese strikes of late 1941 and early 1942, identified by sweeping orange arrows. American counteroffensives are shown by light blue arrows, beginning with the 1942 landings on Guadalcanal, with the limits of American control as of the end of April 1944 indicated by a dashed white line. Further west of this line are additional arrows indicating American raids on Truk, the Marianas and elsewhere. A small inset at lower left explains the staggering distances involved and explains the strategic rationale for the long and bloody campaign to retake the Pacific islands held by Japan: “Without the thousands of pin-point islands in the immense Southwest Pacific, air traffic would be difficult, if not impossible. Approximately five United States could be contained in this area.”

A slightly jarring feature of the map is a primer on “Peoples of the Pacific” at lower right. It features portraits and capsule ethnographic descriptions of Filipinos (“graceful in movement”), Australian Aborigines (“primitive”), Melanesians (“flat noses, frizzy hair”), Micronesians (“fishing is the chief activity”) and Polynesians (“tall, well-built, handsome”).

This poster was one of six Nav War Maps published by the Navy in 1944, the first five highlighting different theatre of the Second World War and the last providing a global overview. To see four of the five other posters, click here for Map No. 1, Map No. 3, Map No. 4, and Map No. 6.

Maps such as this help make an excellent case that should Second World War material deserves a respected niche in the antiquarian map market. The magnitude, horror and importance of the events shown; the skill with which they are here depicted; and the somewhat propagandistic tone make render this a piece worthy of both display and further study.

See all of the details: https://bostonraremaps.com/inventory/1944-nav-war-map-south-pacific/
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If you're into SF roleplaying, you might enjoy this.

If you're not (or weren't so far) get more ionformation about Traveller here: http://wiki.travellerrpg.com/Main_Page
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1584 Abraham Ortelius map of Crete and ten other Greek islands: Metellino (Mitiline, Lesbos), Cerigo, Scarpanto (Karpathos), Nicsia (Naxos), Santorini, Milo, Stalimene (Limnos), Negroponte (Euboea), Rodus (Rhodes, home of the Colossus of Rhodes), and Scio (Chios)
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The last official German map claiming parts of Poland: 1970

https://redd.it/7287eo
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NASA has created a time series visualization of Greenland’s Helheim Glacier using 20 years of data from radar, lasers, and high-resolution cameras.
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[Anniversary of Making Money]

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Tissot’s indicatrix is a mathematical contrivance used in cartography to characterize local distortions in map projections.
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Live German Election Map

View the 2017 German election live on the Berliner Morgenpost's excellent Leaflet powered results map.
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The Rise of the Far Right in East Germany

The anti-refugee AfD party picked up votes across Germany but gained the most votes in the former East Germany.
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