OK, so one thing I struggled mightily with regarding publishing the book was, “Maps”. Having read many military books, I have seen good and bad examples of how maps have been presented.
A great example from the 1920s was the fabulous resource (inherited from my grandfather’s collection), “The German Offensive of July 15, 1918.” Fort Leavenworth, KS: The General Service School Press, 1923. This amazing book includes a dozen separate maps in a pocket inside the back cover.
The dilemma was, how best to provide the level of detail required while not getting into unreasonable territory, from a practical publishing perspective. After all, no publisher these days is going to go with “Let’s provide every book copy with a half-dozen foldout maps!” No way.
As I considered what to do about maps, it gradually dawned on me: avid readers will probably use THE SAME MEANS I used when writing the book. Which means multiple digital resources, from Google and Bing maps (including street view), to online archival maps, to secondary source campaign maps. I typically had 3-5 maps up while I wrote a section. This allowed me to zoom in, pan and scan, and otherwise get the information I sought. Wouldn’t a modern reader do the same? After all, there is simply no way I could provide the map scope and detail that online readers could find on their own. This isn’t 1923, where the reader’s resources lag behind those of a military service school.
That simplified the problem. Now all I really needed to provide were a couple of general exemplars that covered a couple of the book’s episodes. So that’s what we went with.
One reader provided a comment on a review, that basically validated my decision:
“…Very detailed account of the Battle of the Bulge so well you can follow on a Google map and with street view see what is being described.”
There is simply no way I could have included a two-dimensional, fixed scope map (very 20th Century!) to give the reader what s/he sought.
Accordingly, as a service to readers, the following are some of the resources I used while writing the book. Some of the following I obtained paper copies, some I just used the digital version.
Google maps & Bing maps – use both, as there are differences.
HQ Twelfth Army Group WWII Situation Maps, Library of Congress:
WWII Topographic Maps, McMaster University, Canada:
Battlefield Historian website:
National Archive Maps:
AMS M603 Series Sheet 13 – Marche (1:100.000)
AMS M703 Series Sheet 81 – Malmedy (1:100.000)
AMS M703 Series Sheet 92 – Durbuy (1:100.000)
France And Belgium (1:50,000) Vielsalm N5012-E546, 6010 S 1937 AMS Sheet 93
France And Belgium (1:50,000) Malmedy N5023-E546, G-6010-S50 AMS Sheet 81
France And Belgium (1:50,000) Durbuy N5012-E521, G-6010-S50 AMS Sheet 92