Military map of Belgium, Valenciennes 12 region, scale 1:100,000. The map would have been used during World War I.

Maps of this scale lacked the detail needed for trench warfare, instead providing an overview of regions for the use of senior commanders.

Part of the collection of World War I memorabilia donated by Sergeant John Lord (#6252). John Lord was 19 years old when he enlisted with the Australian Imperial Forces in June 1915. Originally part of the 1st Australian Stationary Hospital, 11th Reinforcement, Lord was transferred to the 13th Australian Field Ambulance upon its formation in February 1916. He subsequently moved to the headquarters of the Assistant Director of Medical Services, 4th Division, in December 1918 where he seems to have spent the remainder of the war. Lord returned to Australia on 30 October 1919, and was discharged from service on 12 March 1920. He died in 1951.

Physical Description

Contour map, printed in red, green, blue and orange on off-white cloth-covered stock. Degrees along axes. Scale and key at bottom. On back side at upper right corner is a small version of the map showing its location on a larger map of Belgium, to form a cover when the map is folded. Splat of ink on this surface. The map has slightly discoloured along its folds.

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