A rare 1945 map of Hong Kong and the New Territories published by the British War Office. Centered on Kowloon, coverage extends from Tai Tsan Bay to Tai Pong Bay and from Kwai Chung to the Soko Islands. This map was published shortly after the end of World War II and the British reoccupation of Hong Kong following four years of Japanese occupation. It is considered one of the finest and most detailed map of Hong Kong of this period.
Publication History and CensusThis map was first published in 1936. The present example is the second edition, published in 1945. A third edition was issued in 1946. The map is well represented institutionally but uncommon on the market.
The British War Office (1857 - 1964) was a department of the British Government responsible for the administration of the Royal Army until 1964, when its functions were transferred to the Ministry of Defense. The War Office was to the Royal Army what the Admiralty was to the Royal Navy, and later, the Air Ministry. Within the War Office, the General Staff Topographical Section was responsible for thousands of maps issued for British intelligence and military use. The Topographical Section was renamed Geographical Section in April 1907. Many, once their military use passed, were offered through licensed agents to the general public. The sole London agent for War Office material was Edward Stanford. Learn More...
Very good. Some discoloration on original fold lines.