Maps


These are the full-colour fold-out maps from the original hardback edition of Popski's best-selling book "Private Army". Later editions had only black and white versions or no maps at all. They are very useful in understanding the huge distances involved in behind-the-lines operations during the North African Campaign, and for seeing where PPA were in relation to other units and actions, in North Africa and Italy.

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Private Army (Jonathan Cape 1950)

The maps are based upon material by H. A. Bennett, F.R.G.S. Not many people realise that Popski was also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, from 1937 until his death in 1951.

Map of the Western Desert showing PPA's route from Cairo in Egypt to Tozeur in Tunisia
Map of the Western Desert showing PPA's route from Cairo in Egypt to Tozeur in Tunisia (Popski Collection, foPPA Archives)
 
Map of the Jebel El Akhdar showing Popski's activities with his Libyan Arab Force Commando
Map of the Jebel El Akhdar showing Popski's activities with his Libyan Arab Force Commando (Popski Collection, foPPA Archives)
 
Map of Southern Tunisia showing the LRDG and PPA
Map of Southern Tunisia showing the LRDG and PPA "Great Hike" walking route out of the desert (Popski Collection, foPPA Archives)
 
Map of Italy and Southern Austria showing many of the locations where PPA were in action
Map of Italy and Southern Austria showing many of the locations where PPA were in action[1] (Popski Collection, foPPA Archives)

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20 Nov 2013

Further information
Notes: 
  1. ^ The Italy map shows all of the Allied landings, not just PPA's amphibious operations. This seems to have given rise to the notion, repeated in several publications, that PPA took part in the Anzio landings. It is true that PPA were initially included in the planning by AFHQ at Caserta, but this was cancelled at the last minute, much to the frustration of Popski and his men. PPA were not infrequently underutilised in Italy, due to the political infighting that took place in AFHQ's complex command structure with its associated and competing Allied and Commonwealth objectives and sensitivities.