Rare Air Ministry Tissue Escape Map - Danzig Docks
Scale approx. 500 yards / inch. Approx. 18 x 34cms. This is relatively detailed escape map of Danzig docks. It is printed in black/blue ink on fine tissue paper manufactured from Japanese Mulberry leaf paper pulp. The wartime escape and evasion guru Clayton Hutton \'invented\' these maps that could be printed onto this non-rustling paper that was strong even when wet. However, this map is much smaller and more detailed than most escape maps found. These were carried by airman in order to help them evade capture and return to allied held territory or neutral countries. This map was sent into Stalag Luft III POW camp, famous for the \'Great Escape\' and \'Wooden Horse\' escape. Indeed, Oliver Philpott, one of the wooden horse escapers fled to Danzig docks where a Swedish shipping was often found. He escaped to neutral Sweden on one of these ships. Other escapers from Stalag Luft III and Colditz also headed for Danzig. The map is folded/creased but is otherwise in very good condition. An incredibly rare map. See also the map of the Danzig area obtained from the same source. Stock code E14381.