French army stamp

This is one of the maps that were commandeered by the army corps during World War II as part of the most comprehensive collection of African and European topographic survey maps in the country. When, years later, they were returned to the department they were accompanied by a letter of appreciation by the director of the Trigonometrical Society extolling their virtues as ‘the only maps of French North Africa available to the South African forces after the fall of France’.