Baker & Taylor MI9's secret escape and evasion mapping programme is one of World War II's most fascinating facts. Discover how maps printed on silk and rayon aided the escape of thousands of prisoners and evaders from occupied Europe. Delve into the extraordinary escape stories and find out how the maps were smuggled into prisoner of war camps inside everyday objects including board games --
Gardners The definitive history of MI9's emergency escape and evasion mapping programme and the contribution the maps made to victory in 1945. Fascinating stories of secret maps used by prisoners of World War II.
Independent Publishing Group
The creation of MI9 in December 1939, the rationale for the new military intelligence branch and the context of the history of military mapping on silk is outlined in this history. The map production program is described, together with its progress and the challenges faced. The various groups of maps are identified and described, together with the source maps on which they were based. The ingenious methods of smuggling the maps into the camps, with other escape aids, in apparently innocuous leisure items are described. The maps were then copied and reproduced to support the escapes. Coded correspondence with the camps is discussed, and a successful deciphering of some of that correspondence is provided. The implications for the escape and evasion program were considerable, but so too were the implications of the passage of intelligence from the camps to aid the war effort, a factor apparently largely overlooked.