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I have the Sept. 1 version. I was wondering, what is the difference between it and the Aug. 28 version besides the date showing in the title area? On internet views, I don't see any other differences unless I'm missing something.    


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I searched both maps side-by-side and couldn't find any difference between them other than the date.

Roger Nathan mentions these maps in his book "Collectibles of the National Geographic Society".  On page 37 he states: "When news broke that Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, that change was made for this map and the September 1, 1939 date was used."

The emphasis is mine.  It is not totally clear if he meant just the date change.  There is no indication of the invasion along the German/Polish border.

I hope this helps.


Thanks, Tom. I have Nathan's book and have read that. It just didn't make much sense to change the date and nothing on the map.  They should have just added a note that changes may be forthcoming with Germany invading Poland.  The May 1940 Europe map shows this change, which is a unique map, since they reverted to 'as of Sept. 1, 1939' for the rest of the war for boundaries.


I think that may have been their point for the date change.  This is how Central Europe looked the day the war started.  Of course it looked the same four days earlier but that date had no "meaning".

On another note, you might want to move this discussion from the Buy/Sell/Trade Forum to the Discussion Forum since it is about information and not the exchange of items.

I wanted to, but  I couldn't see "new discussion" on the map group page.


If you look on any Group page you'll notice a list of recent discussion within the group.  Below that list, and above the Comment Wall, is a line with two options: "Add a Discussion" and "View All".

That wasn't what I was talking about though.  The Forum on the Main page where we post general articles has subgroups.  "Buy/Sell/Trade" is the default but there is one called "Discussion".  On the screen where you create (or go back and edit) an article, below the box where you enter (or change) text is a pop-down box with "Buy/Sell/Trade" already entered.  You can select another sub-forum there.  To see all of these sub-forums click on the Forum button at the top almost any page.

Since the vast majority of articles posted are in "Buy/Sell/Trade", I find it easier to get back to my older posts when they are in the less used "Discussion" subsection.

You can go back and change this by selecting edit.  While on the article's page you will see a button above the Article on the right that says "Options".  Click on it and you get a pop-down menu.  Edit is one of the options.

I hope this helps.


Thanks, Tom




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