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During the Second World War, German U-boats and surface ships used a series of maps or charts that employed their own quadrant system to avoid passing along vital location information to their enemies. The entire world was divided into quadrants and these were further subdivided down to a 6 sea mile by 6 sea mile square. A detailed description of this Kriegsmarine Marinequadratskarte with some illustrations can be found at a number of locations (1, 2 and 3). There is also a small program available that will convert any 6 digit Kriegsmarine Marinequadratskarte to latitude and longitude values (although not vice versa). Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be any images of original naval maps about.

One of the sites linked to above, U-boat.net, has a very thorough web-accessible database on the more than 1,100 U-boats that sailed during the war. As well as including information on their commanders, when they were built and what ships they sunk, the database also includes the coordinates of the locations where the U-boats met their end. The website also provides a number of maps showing the locations of U-boat sinkings. The site also provides a listing of Allied warships involved in the war but does not provide any information or maps on the locations of their sinkings.

German Naval History, another of the sites mentioned above, also has a number of java applets that display some of the naval battles that German surface ships were involved in. The maps are a bit clunky but effective in showing the movement of ships during battle.

3 Responses to “German Naval Maps”

  1. Anonymous Anonymous 

    For what it's worth, ran across this while googling for more KM maps and I know of a website that has lots of scanned KM maps with grid systems on them if anyone is interested.


    In their internal page here, http://mpgweb.de/SH3Charts/

    I'm not positive of the quality of all of them, but those I've seen are high-detail pdfs.

  2. Anonymous Anonymous 

    Hi there,

    I had downloaded them all and they are of a very high quality in a pdf-format. So you print them with an scale of 1.05 brigth in a special Architect Office. Price 50-60Eur/m2.

    Best regards


    Maybe someone knows other related links of further KM-Maps.

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