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Another round up of First World War maps, charts and diagrams

August 4, 2014

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After the success of the first round up with graphics, charts and maps published at the time of First World War, we decided to dig deeper and make a run for a follow-up post, while the topic of WWI’s first centenary is still alive. That means that this is far from being an extensive research, since there’s a lot of material out there – something we found out in overwhelming fashion.

You’ll see works published by many different entities, from newspapers and magazines, to military maps and guides, and propaganda infoposters. Also, recently “The Guardian” pulled together a list of pictorial maps – some of which have already been featured in this space -, showing satirical/comical approaches to the political turmoil previous and during WWI, and the infamous Octopus visual metaphor, very popular when it comes to show how a nation’s ‘tentacles’ are spreading in multiple directions.

But our opening picks come from the German side, thanks to the wonderful archive available in plakatkontor.de. The amazing series of propaganda posters and charts made by the German Foreign Afairs Office shows remarkable resemblances to what we see portrayed as “infographics” these days on the Internet – actually, better than many of them out there.

Hope you enjoy this selection:

War goals of the Entente after the secret treaties (1918) | Militärische Stelle des Auswärtigen Amtes

(image: Militärische Stelle des Auswärtigen Amtes)

(Via)

What would be left of the Entente (1918) | Militärische Stelle des Auswärtigen Amtes

(image: Militärische Stelle des Auswärtigen Amtes)

(Via)

The Ukraine (1918) | Militärische Stelle des Auswärtigen Amtes

(image: Militärische Stelle des Auswärtigen Amtes)

(Via)

The burning wound in France (1918) | Militärische Stelle des Auswärtigen Amtes

(image: Militärische Stelle des Auswärtigen Amtes)

(Via)

Is Belgium England’s staging area? (1918) | Militärische Stelle des Auswärtigen Amtes

(image: Militärische Stelle des Auswärtigen Amtes)

(Via)

England vs Germany: Land acquisition and population growth 1800-1914 (1918) | Militärische Stelle des Auswärtigen Amtes

(image: Militärische Stelle des Auswärtigen Amtes)

(Via)

Hark! Hark! The Dogs Do Bark! (1914)

(image: Hark! Hark! The Dogs Do Bark! (1914))

(Via)

Map of Europe (1914) | Fritz Elsner

(image: Fritz Elsner)

(Via)

The twin octopuses of Prussia and the Austro-Hungarian empire (c.1914)

(image: The twin octopuses of Prussia and the Austro-Hungarian empire (c.1914))

(Via)

Chinese map of the world with allied nations (1918)

(image: Chinese map of the world with allied nations (1918))

(Via)

Daily output of twelve national projectile factories (1917) | The Illustrated London News

(image: The Illustrated London News)

(Via)

Great Britain’s High Place in the Allied Roll of Honor: the Testimony of Figures (1919) | The Illustrated London News

(image: The Illustrated London News)
(image: The Illustrated London News)

(Via)

Battle of Hamel (1918) | Sir John Monash

(image: Sir John Monash)

(Via)

Battle wounds (1913) | Scientific American

(image: Scientific American)

(Via)

Map Reading and Intelligence Training (1917) | Edward McKay

(image: Edward McKay)
(image: Edward McKay)
(image: Edward McKay)

(Via)

Map of the final Allied offensives on the Western Front (1918)

(image: Map of the final Allied offensives on the Western Front (1918))

(Via)

Map of Germany according to the Versailles treaty (1919) | Nordisk familjebok

(image: Nordisk familjebok)

(Via)

No peace with the Entence (1917) | Illustrierte Kronen-Zeitung

(image: Illustrierte Kronen-Zeitung)

(Via)

Distinguishing Marks or Insignia of the Army and Navy (1918) | The Chicago Daily News Company

(image: The Chicago Daily News Company)

(Via)

War is Prussia’s industry (1914) | Maurice Beaumont

(image: Maurice Beaumont)

(Via)

The Way to Peace (1918) | Von Sartor

(image: Von Sartor)

(Via)

Food posters (c1918) | U.S. Food Administration

(image: U.S. Food Administration)
(image: U.S. Food Administration)

(Via)

Petrol consumption and strength of MT vehicles (1917)

(image: Petrol consumption and strength of MT vehicles (1917))

(Via)

Ammunition supply and expenditure for April 1917 (1917)

(image: Ammunition supply and expenditure for April 1917)

(Via)

HM Regular Army – Old and New Rates (1919)

(image: HM Regular Army – Old and New Rates (1919))

(Via)

The Second Battle of the Somme (1918) | Michelin’s Illustrated Guide

(image: Michelin’s Illustrated Guide)

(Via)

 

That’s it for today’s round up! We’ll be back next week with another selection, but until then, enjoy our Pinterest board, just with old maps and infographics.

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.

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