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D-Day Wall Map
ABCA Map Review No. 42, from June 5th to June 18th 1944
D-Day Wall Map
Army Bureau of Current Affairs
Fosh & Cross Ltd
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76 x 101.5 cm
Lithograph, the D-Day edition, 76 x 101.5 cm, printed in colours, old folds (as issued), further map to verso, slightly frayed in lower margin. Under the headline ‘the assault from the west’ the Normandy landings dominate this issue, with a full-sheet black and white map on the verso.
The Army Bureau of Current Affairs (ABCA) was established in 1941 by Bill Williams, the editor-in-chief of Penguin Books, to inform servicemen and women about the progress of the war, and to encourage debate on how to build a better democracy in peacetime. Fortnightly bulletins were supported by the ABCA Map Review, edited by Lionel Birch, a former assistant editor of Picture Post, which used simple outline maps and supporting photographic images to set the major events on all fronts in a geographical context. Williams had a lifelong interest in adult education, and after the war he transformed the ABCA into the Bureau of Current Affairs, which continued to produce the Map Review in a similar format.