Chart showing Offensive of Allies from July 15 to Nov. 11 1918

Hand colored map of France showing the final Allied offensive of WWI.

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This is a magnificent map of France, updated by hand to reflect the changing front during the last year of WWI. The base map to which the color was applied is a single sheet, Carte de France, showing a 1:600,000-scale of the French countryside from the English Channel to the border with Switzerland. The image shows the farthest line of German advance, dated September 1914, which is shaded in pink.

From there, the visual narrative skips ahead to July 15 of 1918, the start of the Second Battle of the Marne and the last major German offensive of the war. A small pocket of blue represents the doomed advance, which was rolled back by a coordinated Allied response that would ultimately become known as the Hundred Days Offensive.

The map shows the final months of the war as a series of iterative steps, with German defensive lines shown as hashed marks to be overtaken by the tides of color in shades of pink, yellow, green and purple. These last two colors are splashed across eastern France and show the German army’s hasty retreat into defensive lines, beginning in October. What it fails to show are the numerous rearguard actions, skirmishes, and full-on battles that would continue to sap Allied strength until the final armistice was signed on November 11, 1918.

Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1919

Author: Unknown?

Sheet Width (in): 33.50

Sheet Height (in): 44.00

Condition: B

Condition Description: Moderate ink smudging and offsetting visible in several spots on the sheet, which also exhibits crinkling from being previously rolled. A few small holes, knicks, and tears along the outer edges and at one spot in the sheet. Otherwise very good.

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