It’s easy to take maps for granted nowadays, when we can go online and quickly find an accurate map of any given spot on the planet. This Soviet military map dates from an era in which knowledge of terrain was harder to come by, and of correspondingly greater strategic value. It has been chosen by Sue Peach, Local Studies Librarian.
Sue writes: “Produced in the 1980s, before the breakup of the Soviet Union, these maps would have enabled the Red Army to find even the smallest hamlet. The maps conform to the standard Warsaw Pact specifications for military topographic maps, using the Krassovsky/Pulkovo system, and carry the standard Gausse- Kruger military grid, enabling artillery to use the mapping. For ease of reading the text is all in Cyrillic script.”
The main place names visible on this shot of the map are Sutton in Ashfield, in the centre left of the image, followed by (working clockwise) Mansfield Woodhouse, Mansfield and Kirkby in Ashfield.