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Discussion: Maps and the Oscars

in: Orienteering; General

Feb 7, 2020 3:25 PM # 
Fresh off 7 BAFTA wins, the Oscars front-runner movie 1917 has an interesting tie to my university's map library. The key map used in the movie is an original WWI map from McMaster's map library. Apparently McMaster has the world's largest online collection of WWI and WWII trench maps.

Check it out:
Feb 7, 2020 10:31 PM # 
Very interesting! Thanks for sharing that.
Feb 8, 2020 1:03 PM # 
Cool! I’ll bet Peggyd will find a blog subject in there. :)
Feb 9, 2020 12:57 AM # 
Absolutely! I'll be blogging about it especially if 1917 wins best pic.
Feb 9, 2020 6:22 AM # 
Does McMaster have this WWI trench map in its collection?
Feb 9, 2020 9:28 AM # 
Very cool, thanks Hammer
Feb 9, 2020 1:06 PM # 
Mike, Mary and I were at a camera museum during the weekend of the Georgia Navigator event and the caretaker had one of the cameras that were used for aerial photos (9x9 film?) to get the overlapping shots to create the stereo photos to create base maps. You wonder if the pilot simply tilted his wing in a 1917 plane to get the photos.
Feb 9, 2020 9:21 PM # 
apparently McMaster’s trench map collection is primarily from the Western front but they also have a decent orienteering map collection too so I will suggest the Italian map to them.
Feb 10, 2020 1:06 AM # 
I was joking about them having the o map.
That map was WOC2014 middle. A place called Campomulo, about 10km NE of Asiago:,11.50975...

I found a couple of Italian maps in the McM collection. This one:
is just a few km west of Asiago (Canove, Val D'assa).

There are quite a few O maps around Asiago with old trenches. It's all limestone and the trenches were cut into the rock which is why they are still there. A couple more maps in the area with trenches:

NOTE the IOF MC invented a new symbol especially for those trenches at WOC 2014: thin double black line.
Feb 10, 2020 9:09 AM # 
Terje Mathisen:
@robplow: They did not invent it, they just blessed what was already in use several places, including the Kjøkøy map outside Fredrikstad, which was made by Svein Jakobsen:

The highest density is located in the SE corner.

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