Topic: BatzS - Romani
Battle of Romani, Sinai, August 4 to 5, 1916, 1:250,000 German map of Romani area
German map of Area around Romani
The above map was drawn up by the Prussian Army Mapping Section for the Turkish War Ministry on orders of Djemal Pasha, the Commander of the 4th Army, after the Battle of Romani although produced using the original 1915 map as its key source. The rail line snaking its way from Romani to El Arish gives the dating of this map. However, apart from that feature, this is the very map used by the Ottoman forces in 1916. Key features were overlaid with Ottoman Script to allow those literate enough to understand the importance of the locations. The map illustrates the terrain and locations seen from the Canal Expeditionary point of view which puts emphasis upon different locations. The map was captured at Beersheba on 31 October 1917 by Lieutenant Colonel M Bourchier, Commanding Officer of the 4th Light Horse Regiment and leader of the famous Charge at Beersheba.
Calculating distances on this map is simple. Each square is 25km by 25km.
Citation: Battle of Romani, Sinai, August 4 to 5, 1916, 1:250,000 German map of Romani area