An operational map of the Polish Coastal Front 1970

Bidragets oversatte titel: The Operational Map of the Polish Coastal Front 1970

Thomas Theis Nielsen, Stig Roar Svenningsen, Morten Tinning, Michael Hesselholt Clemmesen

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The map of the Operational Plan for the Coastal Front, from Poland 1970 forms the basis for this paper. The map portraits the blueprint of the combined operational war plans for the Polish military in the late 1960’s and 70’s. It details the offensive against NATO countries and their forces in Northern Europe.
As such, this map is clearly designed as an operational map produced to outline and regulate, not just the actual plan of the offensive, but also to produce a narrative about the Polish army as capable of undertaking such a massive enterprise. We argue, with a point of departure in this particular map, that the regional, operational scale of military maps can be understood as performative maps, outlining not just plans and structuring space, but often also narratives.
Bidragets oversatte titelThe Operational Map of the Polish Coastal Front 1970
TidsskriftGeoforum Perspektiv
Udgave nummer27
Sider (fra-til)48-60
Antal sider13
StatusUdgivet - 2016


  • Military cartography
  • Cold War
  • Military geography
  • Performative cartography

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