I am researching my ancestor’s history in the trenches during World War I. I am having trouble making sense of the map symbols, reference numbers, and French terminology. Can you help?

Answered By: Sarah Cairns
Last Updated: Sep 22, 2020     Views: 3

For a complete list of aids to reading trench maps, go to our WWI Trench Maps & Aerial Photographs webpage and click on the tab labelled, “Guides”. There you will find step-by-step instructions for reading map and air photo reference numbers, a legend to symbols, translations of topographic features labelled in French, and more.

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