Ober-Italien Stadtdurchfahrtplane [Northern Italy town plans]
Generalstab des Heeres [German General Staff]: Berlin: Abt. fur Kriegskarten und Vermessungswesen [Department for War Maps and Surveying], 1940.
On the outbreak of WW2 in 1939, the German military planners understood the strategic importance of the mountainous terrain of Northern Italy in any forthcoming military engagements.
The German occupation of France in June 1940, at which time Italy declared war on France and Britain, strengthened their need for Italy as a whole, and Northern Italy in particular, to form a defensive bulwark against invasion by the Western Allies from the Mediterranean. Their advance preparations for this included this lovely atlas of town plans.
10.5 x 6 inches, 26 x 15 cms, 92 pages of North Italian coloured town plans, some printed both sides, others single sided and folding. About 90 town plans in total.
A nice example, very clean and unmarked, in original dark green limp cloth, lettered in white.
Leaving aside its military connotations, this atlas is lovely reminder of the charm of Northern Italy in the inter-war years of the 1920s and 1930s.