US National Archives Digitized 1938-1945 Target Dossiers to the British Isles #usa #announcements #photographs #unitedkingdom

Jan Meisels Allen



The (US) National Archives Cartographic branch has digitized the RG 242: Target Dossiers pertaining to the British Isles 1938-1945.  It is made up of over 1,100 images. It is available for viewing and downloading through the National Archives Catalog.

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The dossiers, which are aerial photographs and maps of German identified bombing targets, are arranged by country and, thereunder, by location. Other series, not yet digitized, include France, Iceland, Egypt, Yugoslavia, and Iraq.


Each dossier, in the most basic sense, is composed of three parts: a map, an overprinted aerial photograph, and a site report (in German). However, there are variances in the number of actual documents in each dossier.  Some dossiers have as few as a single document out of the three while others will have dozens of various versions of the documents included. 


In addition to the maps and aerial photos being detailed, the dossiers also provide a wealth of other information printed on the individual pages.  Coordinates, scale, date, locations, and dossier number are printed on each and every sheet making this series incredibly easy to work with even if you do not speak German!


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Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee