Russian maps

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  1. Soviet-era mapping of the UK was very detailed. I remember seeing a map of the area where I grew up - they had even noted down the local names of places alongside their official ones so they'd done a lot of research!
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  2. Met a Soviet Naval Infantry officer in Bosnia who rattled off the names of every major power station in Scotland during a discussion on "Isn't it wierd that we're working together..." He'd done his recce as a "truck driver" in the 1980s.
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  3. Every truck west of the IGB with a 'CZ' on it was driven by some officer/tank cmdr on a recce!
  4. Brotherton Lad

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    It won't surprise you that we were doing exactly the same in East Germany, down to measuring the size of tree-trunks.
  5. As well as on the ground recces, you can be sure that every single map and atlas available on the market was bought and sent back to the Motherland. I wouldn't mind betting that many, many commie party members helpfully answered specific questions too. Maybe even lefty councils obliged with useful info, which on it's own could have been harmless enough. But helped to construct the bigger picture when collated.
  6. When you consider that the Soviet Embassy in London,could get virtually any map of the UK,just by 'going shopping',it's not surprising.

    Also the openess of the British Media,makes it even easier to get this kind of detail about Military targets in the UK.

    It's telling that,the East German forces had better mapping of the DDR,than the Sovs did,and we had more detailed maps than either of them! ;P
  7. Remember "our"maps of Germany in the 80ies with all the RAF bases "missing" from them .:)

    Like the Russians had no idea what those flying things were?
  8. For the next invasion they will just enter the postcode of the barracks/power station/ into their satnavs.
  9. Brotherton Lad

    Brotherton Lad LE Reviewer

    Won't work. How many Romanian artics have you seen stuck in a narrow country lane?
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  10. Just checked a small section of the Manchester map,,it's full of mistakes,,,,Why not do what the Germans did in 37 and buy guide books and AtoZ's????,,,The map on the left is a section of the Russian map,the one on the right is the 1960 AtoZ of the same area,,Spot the errors......

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  11. Brotherton Lad

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    Not a fair comparison, tuffy, the Sov map is 25000, A to Z is at a greater scale and streets are exaggerated even further to show more detail.
  12. Lets face it BL,most of the Sov Grunts,couldn't read a map anyway! ;-P
  13. Not only that, but the Sov map is 1975, so it may be fairer to compare both maps to the 1969-1970 OS 1:2500 map - viewable, along with the Sov map, on old maps Old-Maps - the online repository of historic maps - maps page
  14. There's little point in quibbling over minor details. It was a huge project they did and done well enough to be more than adequate for it's job. Credit to them for an intell coup. I would like to hope that we had something similar by way of intell about the soviets.