This map of the German occupied area of Flanders around Antwerp has been overprinted with details of roads and light railways. Special mention is given to bridges; their location, type, span and state of repair.
This information, supplied by Belgian intelligence, shows bridges to be in a generally good state, but bridges closer to the front line (in the bottom left) are more damaged.
For an area with such a profusion of waterways (coloured blue), this information was essential for advancing armies. In 1915, however, breakthroughs by both sides were limited.
Antwerp, which had been abandoned in October 1914 after a short siege, remained for the Allies a distant goal. Nevertheless, the existence of this map suggests that various eventualities were being considered.
- Article by:
- Professor David Stevenson
- The war machine
With focus on shipping, rail, road and manpower, Professor David Stevenson explores the logistics behind the management and supply of army resources in World War One and considers what impact this had on the war’s outcome.