Maps of the Middle East and the Near East


Shown here is a large folding map produced by the General Staff of the German Army during World War II. Notes on the map indicate that it was solely for use within the army and that reproduction was prohibited. One side is a large map of the region stretching from the Balkan Peninsula to the eastern part of Iran. Shown are towns and cities by population size, international borders, the borders of republics and provinces within the Soviet Union, major and secondary roads, roads under construction, oil pipelines, mountain passes, heights in meters, and bodies of water. The key on the right gives the German equivalents of common geographic expressions in Arabic, Persian, Russian, and Turkish; in the lower right is a pronunciation key for Turkish letters. The reverse side contains a large map entitled Der vordere Orient (The Near East), showing the region from Egypt to eastern Afghanistan. The table at the bottom lists all the territories of the region and their geographic size and population, grouped by category: independent states and British, French, Italian, and Portuguese possessions. Also on this side are a map of the entire Mediterranean Sea from the Straits of Gibraltar to the Levant; and two inset maps, one of Cyprus and another of the islands of Rhodes and the Dodecanese (in present-day Greece but at that time under Italian control).

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Publication Information

German Publishing House, Berlin


Title in Original Language

Der Nahe Osten

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Physical Description

1 map : color ; 54 x 81 centimeters, folded 29 x 22 centimeters


  • Scale approximately 1:4,000,000

Last updated: April 8, 2014