This map is designed and printed by Maple Tea, and is based on an original map from 'The Red Atlas', a book that is now out of print. The map shows Kent, plus parts of Sussex, Surrey and Essex, with Polish phonetic spellings of each location.
The print is 30cm x 30cm (11.8inches x 11.8 inches) and printed on high quality archival paper (175gsm, FSC certified). The item will be shipped in a postal tube for protection.
The original map would have been produced by the Red Army sometime after 1955, and shows how to pronounce the names of towns and villages like a local. It would have been consulted by Warsaw Pact troops if the Soviets and their allies had invaded and occupied the UK's shores.
The Warsaw Pact was an agreement signed between Russia and its allies including Poland, East Germany, and Czechoslovakia in 1955 after West Germany became a member of NATO. Former researcher at The Economist, Alex White, tweeted an image of the original map recently and the post has received many likes, probably due to the interest in figuring out which town is which - such as Magyt (Margate); Dzylynem (Gillingham); Czetem (Chatham); Lyztstebl (Whitstable); Hajw (Hythe); Djil (Deal) and so on.
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