... Denison smock with silk map sewn into the lining ... (from Chapter 2 of Wingwatch)

A map of France printed on a silk handkerchief and distributed to British paratroopers, who generally sewed it into their uniform. It was part of the ‘escape kit’, along with the mini-compasses hidden inside spare trouser buttons and the files for sawing through prison cell bars. This map is held at the Pegasus Memorial in Ranville. It belonged to Major John Howard, who led the raid on the moveable bridge at Benouville while the 9th Battalion was preparing to unleash the assault at Merville.

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