Balkan States


Mid-20th century U.S. Army map of the Balkan Peninsula.

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This detailed topographic map of the Balkan States was published by the Army Map Service in April of 1951 and distributed to various components of the U.S. Armed Services, including the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Elevation is shown with contours and a variety of settlements and geographic features are labeled throughout the image. Bold purple ink outlines various national borders, including those of Greece (recovering from a bloody civil war), western Turkey, and Italy.

During the early years of the Cold War, most of the Balkan nations were aligned with the U.S.S.R., and there was discussion of developing a unified and communist-aligned federation. But conflicts over political priorities, dominated by Tito, derailed the conversations and ultimately led to Yugoslavia’s expulsion from the Soviet sphere of influence.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1951

Author: Army Map Service

Sheet Width (in): 45

Sheet Height (in): 38

Condition: B+

Condition Description: Creasing and moderate wear along old fold lines, including some extraneous wrinkling, separation at fold intersections, and discoloration. Several small tears along the outer edges of the sheet, confined to the margins, and light spotting visible in the center right, in the Black Sea. Manuscript route marks from Austria to France in the upper left. Good to very good condition overall.


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