Restricted British military intelligence book from August 1944, comprised of 23 pages of English-language text on the city of Munich, covering bomb damage, railways, goverment and municipal buildings, utilities, water supply, public transportation, fire stations, and other municipal resources, several pages of information in Gothic-style German, and close to 100 photographs and maps depicting bird's-eye views, building façades, photographs and engineering sketches of hydroelectric generating stations, a map of power lines, maps of water systems, a plan of the Kreuzpullach reserrvoir, a sewer map, and two loose maps of the town. Tall 4to. Original pink paper wrpps., some tearing along spine, edgewear, covers coming loose, minor pencil notations to front cover, overall very good. N.p. (Oxford) (Inter-Service Topographical Department) 1944.
The Inter-Services Topographic Department (ISTD) was a joint British Army and Navy organization created during World War II for the purpose of providing topographical intelligence and preparing reports in advance of military operations. The ISTD was a direct response to the lack of sufficient intelligence and preparation during the 1940 German invasion of Norway. However, the intelligence and reports provided by the ISTD in the latter part of the war had a significant impact on important battles and events such as the attacks on the German battleship Tirpitz, the November 1942 North African landings, and the St. Nazaire commando raid in March 1942. The front cover of this manual is marked "I.S.T.D./C/479 (RESTRICTED)", and printed to the inside front cover is the following text: "RESTRICTED - This book is for the use of persons in H.M. Service only and must not be shown, or made available, to the Press or to any member of the public." Incredibly rare; as of July 2019, WorldCat locates only one other holding of this volume. Book ID: 50060