Thursday, 2 May 2013

From Russia with Love

By Landmark Information Group

During the Cold War, the USSR undertook top secret military reconnaissance using aerial photos, satellite images, local knowledge and even spies to produce unique maps of the UK and other countries outlining points of strategic interest that may not necessarily have been available in the maps of the time. Every Soviet leader from Stalin to Gorbachev knew not only where you lived but how to get there by tank!

Owing to the confidential nature of the Soviet world mapping project, detailed theories on spy activity, including fake picnics in strategic points of interest, is based upon circumstantial evidence and speculation.

Available as part of the Envirocheck Historical Map report, these Russian maps were produced by the Russian Military between 1950 and 1997. They reveal many features not present on Ordnance Survey maps due to political and military sensitivities at the time. The maps include an additional 1,000 new and potentially contaminative features, along with 3,000 other named uses such as extra quarries, pits, military features, warehouses and much more, which are of use for environmental professionals.

Did you know?

  • The Russian maps of the UK are unique to Landmark
  • The Russian maps detail transport and energy infrastructure features (gas pipelines, electricity pylons) that do not appear on the OS maps of the time
  • 80 British urban areas were mapped between 1950 and 1997
Click here fore more information about the Russian Maps

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