(ARTICLE FROM https://www.mercatornet.com)

Aficionados of this blog will know that I love maps. Especially bright, colourful ones. One of my favourite books in my formative years was Chester Wilmot’s The Struggle for Europe. The author was a correspondent who landed by glider in Normandy with the 6th Airborne Division and who witnessed many battles in North Africa, New Guinea and Northern Europe throughout the war. His post-war book analysed the Anglo-American invasion of France in June 1944 and the last year of the war from the western European perspective. It is gripping military history, but what really attracted me was the maps. So many maps! From the grand focus of the European continent to the intimate detail of a battle around St Lo or Caen in Normandy. They were detailed and interesting and intricate.