This series comprises material from the libraries of the Directorate of Military Survey, War Office and Air Ministry (D Svy, WO & AM). It includes a selection of Directorate of Military Survey publications, maps, aeronautical charts and town plans produced, or otherwise available, during the period August to December 1956 which bear on planning and operations in Egypt during of the Suez campaign under codewords POKER and MUSKETEER.
Co-production with the Survey Directorate, Middle East Land Forces (MELF) in Cyprus is evident, as is a particular co-production with the French army survey service (SGFFA). The existence of bi-lateral and co-production arrangements with the US Army Map Service over many years had resulted in common stock policies, and co-production arrangements for determining the military grids and geographical names to be used, over wide areas in the Middle East, including Egypt. This was reflected in frequent adaptation of American maps and air charts for British use, and the parallel ability of the US Army Map Service to create US contingency stock of British maps of Egypt in October 1956.
The dates shown in the catalogue for maps are in all cases the date of printing rather than the date of survey.