Silk Escape and Evasion Map (Burma and Indo-China)
This silk escape and evasion map was made in 1944 by the British Royal Air Force, was based off of the Survey of India maps, and features Indo China and North Burma. Silk maps were originally developed during World War II to help British soldiers escape enemy territory or POW camps, and continued to be produced after the War ended in both Great Britain and the U.S.
These silk maps were developed for MI9 by Charles Clayton Hutton to help British troops find their way back to their regiments if their planes were shot down in hostile territory or if they were captured in POW camps. Hutton had to find a material that was water-resistant, crease-resistant, and could be easily hidden and noiselessly manipulated. After extensive testing, Hutton found the perfect material: silk. Printed on silk, Hutton’s maps could be folded and hidden in boot heels, jacket linings, or even-most ingeniously-Monopoly game boards, and go completely undetected.
This map features Indo China on one side and North Burma on the other. The tightly woven silk allows for clear prints, and two easily read sides.
Origin: Great Britain
Condition: Very Good
Inventory number: TX4644J