An Operational Map of the Polish Coastal Front 1970

Thomas Theis Nielsen, Stig Roar Svenningsen, Morten Tinning, Michael Hesselholt Clemmensen

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The map of the Plan for an Offensive Operation of the Coastal Front from Poland 1970 forms the basis for this paper. The map portrays the blueprint of the combined operational war plans for the Polish armed forces in the late 1960s and the 1970s. It details an offensive against NATO countries and their forces in Northern Europe.As such, this map is clearly designed, not just as an actual plan of the offensive, but also to produce a narrative about the Polish army as capable of undertaking such a massive enterprise. We argue, taking our point of departure from this particular map, that military maps can be understood as performative maps, outlining not just plans and struc-turing space, but often also narratives.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number27
Pages (from-to)48-60
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Military cartography
  • Cold war
  • Military geography
  • Performative cartography

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