Further to this post, I realised the other day that I'd missed out a critical part of the story that first got me interested in this sort of Cold War history.
As you can see from this brief story, a local historian has managed to get hold of a set of maps put together by the Russians during the cold war, showing an extraordinary level of detail of the country and Nottingham in particular.
The exhibition mentioned in the article was excellent, albeit criminally under-publicised and there was a little card suggesting that the maps could be bought from Mr Grimes along with his email address. Being a nerd and a maps nerd at that, I of course sent of a criminally small amount of money and get back a CD of the maps in return.
There is a reference to a couple of articles by John Davies called, "Uncle Joe Knew Where You Lived" and Part II here which give a wealth of fascinating detail of how the maps were compiled.
The four Nottingham maps on the CD are at 1:10,000 resolution - ie incredibly detailed: the usual map that you might use for a walk in the countryside is 1:25,000. The bits that I found most strange when browsing through the maps is the phonetic rendering of English places names into their Cyrillic equivalents.
I'm hoping that I'm not in massive breach of the intellectual property that exists in the maps if I post some little extracts. If I am then please get in touch and I'll take the images down immediately.
|This is The Park Estate and the eastern side of city centre|
|Note the special pink colour for military installation|
Secondly, bearing in mind these maps, according to the "Uncle Joe..." series as linked above, were based on independent research rather than cribbing from existing maps, compare the maps of the Broxtowe and Aspley estates above and on the modern Google Maps.
If anyone is interested in getting hold of a copy of the maps then please do let me know either through a comment below or via direct message on my twitter and I'll put you in touch with Mr Grimes.