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Complete escape route

On this webpage I bring the complete escape route.

 

Complete escape route

Gesamtfluchtweg

 

The escape started in Kranthau. The place is on the 20th degree of longitude east. Here the escape started on the 21st of January 1945 on our farmstead and ended on the 29th of March 1945 on the 10th degree of longitude east in Bad Salzdetfurth.

When I put together the background map for the complete escape route, I really became aware of the difficulties of map producing. A map is a flat matter; the surface of the earth is a bent area, and to present it in a plane is not so easy.

One can therefore not simply copy the pages of a street atlas and then stick them together, next to each other and one on top of the other; one has to cut around and then the transitions still do not fit. Every page of such a street atlas is therefore quite an individual matter, where one tries to depict a bent area in a plane.

The smaller a section of the surface of the globe is the simpler is the representation. When one wants to have a world map the problems are the greatest. Just imagine taking the surface of a globe and then wanting to press it flat on a table; or to peel the orange peel off an orange as a whole and then also press it on to a plane. The representation of a world map is simplest close to the equator, and the further away one gets from the equator, the greater the problems become.

Then I experienced a surprise, when I detected that there are maps, which do not count the meridians from Greenwich, but start from Paris.

The data which I myself bring on this Website should, if I have made no mistakes, be the meridians from Greenwich.

So when I want to calculate the distance between two points, then I must pay attention that the coordinates of these two points come from the same system.

 

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