Maps of war take many forms from those showing battlefronts to the layout of trenches, from details of terrain to focusing on the forts that protect a harbor. One category of war map is designed to inform the people at home or soldiers as to what is or has happened during a campaign. This week we feature three maps from the Branner Library collection that focus on World War II and the battles in the Pacific. This exhibit is part of the Branner 100th Anniversary celebration and will be on display May 28 - June 4, 2015 at the Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections.
|Between 1942 and 1946 the U.S. Army Information Branch issued weekly broadsheets called Newsmap that were targeted specifically for American military personnel to keep up on the progress of the war. The broadsheets are large, measuring 3 feet by 4 feet and are printed on both sides. They include maps, photographs, news, and the progress on each front. 224 Newsmaps were printed and Branner Library holds about 50 of them. You may read more about these maps in a blog post written by Mike DiCianna, a student at Oregon State University. The University of North Texas has scanned 212 of the maps and you may view them here. The map on display is from October 13, 1943 and includes a map of Europe for context and the world colored according to military alliances. At the bottom left three pictures show a time lapse of the bombing of a few flats in a river.|