In the early 1940s, the German Luftwaffe planned a bombing campaign against British towns and cities, including the area around Sheerness.
To enable Luftwaffe bomber aircrew identify their targets from the air during the raids on each town or city, the pilots and bomb-aimers were issued with a set of a map and half-tone aerial photograph(s) of the area to be attacked.
4 pages (shown below) were issued to bomber aircrew going on missions over Sheerness.
Used in air-raids over the target town or city: Every image was captioned to assist in navigation, positioning and target identification purposes during the raids themselves and the photographs were issued with the instructions Zum Verbrauch! Mitnahme von Ausschnitten des Bildteiles zum Feindflug gestattet (To be used! ... take these photographs with you on raids).
Unique local history interest but originals rarely found: As 1940s wartime originals of these German aircrew photographs are now virtually unobtainable, we're publishing for museums, libraries and collectors a small number of A4 (full size) and A5 (half size) reprints of the set for this area, each page and photograph complete with its original German text.
Museum and exhibition protection and display: These images are supplied on gloss photographic paper, laminated for museum and exhibition protection and display. Each set is also provided with a separate laminated explanatory card as shown towards the top of this page to assist in display purposes.
Copyright: The copyright notice shown on the images below does not appear in the photographic images provided.
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