Last week I shared my dad’s account of his arrival at Liverpool by ship in 1944, just before he sailed across the English Channel to France. Soon after he entered the Battle of the Bulge.
I am fortunate that my dad, Herbert Miller, and his family saved many of the letters that he sent home during his WWII service in Europe.
Another item they saved is this 1943 Nürnberg map.
My dad sent this map to his parents, Carl and Gertrude (Brewster) Miller, RR #1, Willshire, Ohio, in October 1945. The map had to pass inspection and was certified that it did not contain government property. That was certified by Stankey K. Brooke.
This 1:100,000 Nürnberg map measures 36 x 25 inches. It is a First Edition-AMS2 map, written in English, for use by the War and Navy Department Agencies.
Nürnberg, also spelled Nuremberg, is a city in Bavaria, in southern Germany. Nürnberg is Bavaria’s second largest city, after Munich, and is located on the Pegnitz River. I am not sure if my dad ever was in Nürnberg, but he was in Heidelberg, about 140 miles away.
Looking over the map, I recognize the names of a couple towns on the left side of the map, to the west of Nürnberg, the towns of Ipsheim and Windsheim. My maternal great-great-grandfather Friederick Schinnerer was from Ipsheim, which is about 35 miles from Nürnberg.
Some of my other ancestors were from a little south of Ipshiem, but these towns are not shown on this map. Crailsheim, the home of the Ruecks, is about 66 miles from Nürnberg. Ruppertshofen, the ancestral home of the Schumms, is about 100 miles from Nürnberg. Bierbach, where my great-grandfather Jacob Miller was born, is farther away, about 219 miles from Nürnberg.
Written on the map:
Germany 1:100,000, Sheet U-5, Nürnberg
For use by War and Navy Department Agencies only. Not for sale or distribution.
First Edition-AMS 2
Compiled by the Army Map Service (GD), U.S. Army, Washington, D.C., 1943.
From German General Staff maps of Germany.
Scales 1:25,000 1923-1938., 1:100,000 1933, and 1:2000,000 1910-1911. Partially revised from 1941 1942-1943 aerial photography. Road widths shown by figures between wedges from Strassenkarte, 1:300,000 German General Staff 1938.
First Edition 1943
Note: Officers using this map will mark herein corrections and additions which come to their attention and mail direct to the Chief of Engineers, Washington, D.C.
A.M.A. M641 (G.S.G.S. 4416)
Army Map Service, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C. 133777
It is an interesting item from WWII. The war was over when my dad sent the map home and I wonder if maps like these were left over after the war. Or, perhaps my dad used this map during combat.
Unfortunately I will never know.