WW1 Centenary

Great War Centenary 2014-2018 website by Paul Reed

New French IGN WW1 Map



The Institut Géographique Nationale, the French company that produces high quality maps of the whole of France, has produced a new map for the WW1 Centenary. The map covers a major portion of the Western Front battlefields in France.

A press release states:

This map features the main front lines in 1914, 1917 and 1918. It proposes a series of circuits in vehicles or on foot, and of course, the location of the main sites of memory (cemeteries, memorials, forts, places of battle, destroyed villages …). A complete legend relates the dates and locations of major battles (1914 to 1918). A “zoom” target main front lines and battles (Reims-Soissons, Verdun, Paris-Lens). This map was published in partnership with “Mission Centennial 14-18.” The scale is 1:410 000 (1cm represents 4.1 km). It is in three languages ​​(French, German, English).

The map cost 7.90€ and it is available in French bookstores, newsagents and many sites on the WW1 battlefields or via the IGN website.


Author: ww1centenary

Military Historian & author who works in Television: visiting & interpreting battlefields all over the world. Currently working on WW1 projects for 2014-18.

4 thoughts on “New French IGN WW1 Map

  1. Stanford’s Maps on Longacre, London will also be stocking it I believe

  2. I bought this map from the IGN website when it came out recently. In my opinion, it provides a useful and inexpensive summary, including some monuments, cemeteries and footpaths which may not be well known. I can’t comment on the regions popular with British visitors except to say that I would have thought that the overall view and the enlarged sections would be very helpful to many people. Looking at the area which particularly interests me (the Vosges) I think this map would have to be used in conjunction with some of the larger scale IGN maps, this one to point at the site and the larger one actually to find it.

    Non-French speakers will be relieved to find that the interpretive commentary is also offered in German and English. The text also provides some links to websites with greater detail.

    I felt the map was good value at 7,90€ plus 2,40€ for postage.

  3. Thanks for that – hoping to pick a copy up very soon. Good to hear you think it useful!

  4. Thanks for the information – I shall be picking up a copy soon

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