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Map of the Battle of the Somme[edit]

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Original – Map of the Battle of the Somme, considered one of the deadliest in history and probably the best-known battle of the First World War.
Reason
Another map to SVG conversion. I had to do several bits of checking (I'm still a little unsure if I have the height scale numbers right - but I looked at several supporting maps), which underlines for me the problems of a JPG's raster nature. Good source nonetheless, straightforward EV, has a certain aesthetic quality as well. SVG format, so no size issues. I couldn't help this really being one of those maps where you can see only the general characteristics in thumbnail - the front lines are as bold as I thought possible without dominating the zoomed in version.

Two notes to add: first, I am used to nominating similar files more than once, which I am more than happy to do if there are little things that need changing - though do use the full size version since the rasterisation widget is not great - so just through them at me; second, the file is partly new and partly a straight replacement for the last one, so I thought 3 days would be appropriate (no sense of opposition to the replacement anywhere).

Articles in which this image appears
Battle of the Somme, about a dozen other related or contingent battles.
FP category for this image
Map, diagrams and drawings
Creator
User:Grandiose; US military (for inset map, check description).
  • Support as nominator --Grandiose (me, talk, contribs) 08:52, 6 July 2013 (UTC)
  • Support, the map makes the topography explicit, which is a vast improvement on previous examples. I'd try to extend the Anglo-French army boundary and put one in for the 10th and Reserve armies if I knew how.Keith-264 (talk) 17:56, 7 July 2013 (UTC)
With respect to the Anglo-French boundary - I assume you mean extending it east as the advance progressed - then what I'd say is the location of all the divisions are for one period of time only; it would be almost impossible to trace (on a single map) the progress and addition of many more men to the front. At the start of the attack, the Reserve army would (I think) not have had any defined area of control and so the situation's quite similar to the first point. As to the tenth, what did you mean? The Micheler/Fayolle boundary is shown for some distance, did you mean extending it somehow? Grandiose (me, talk, contribs) 08:40, 12 July 2013 (UTC)
  • Comment Any thoughts regarding Keith's suggestion? — Crisco 1492 (talk) 23:22, 11 July 2013 (UTC)
    • I meant extending the red lines showing the army boundaries, from the original front line to the final one of late November. Just a minor suggestion to an excellent map.Keith-264 (talk) 10:19, 12 July 2013 (UTC)
  • Since red lines are German positions, they changed very quickly as a much larger number of soldiers were moved to this part of the front. I don't think it's really possible to capture this development without causing confusion. Grandiose (me, talk, contribs) 20:28, 13 July 2013 (UTC)
  • Support looks like a quite useful map, although like all of these images we need to see it at full size to understand it properly. — Crisco 1492 (talk) 23:25, 14 July 2013 (UTC)

Not Promoted --Armbrust The Homunculus 09:42, 15 July 2013 (UTC)