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Activity 5: Maricourt Defences

This page shows the trench map from the 10th Essex Regiment War Diary. It has been adjusted ('georegistered') to match the modern map.

This map was drawn on squared paper by the officer preparing it, without the benefit of being able to draw over a printed map of the village. His scale is therefore frequently estimated and georegistering the map has produced a slightly unusual shape. Some features can't quite be matched up with the modern satellite photograph but it clearly shows the front and reserve lines, in addition to various other strong points.Some new features now available from Google have been introduced. A selection of types of map is available by using the drop-down from the 'Map' menu. A Google search box is available at the bottom left of the map. If you have a scroll button on your mouse, it provides a zoom in and out facility. The 'Earth' option requires you to download the browser version of Google Earth; we are hoping to have the overlay maps working with this shortly. 'Earth' is only currently available on the recent IE browsers and on Firefox.

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Clicking on a marker will give you further information and a picture of the place as it is today.

Many of the places are close together, and you may find it helpful to use the zoom tool to move in closer.

The trench map shows the village of Maricourt and the defences organised in and around it.

Reproduction rights for the trench map are licensed from The National Archives in the United Kingdom; under the terms of the licence the map may not be downloaded from this site.
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