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Soviet General Staff



Now somewhat dated by military standards, these Soviet maps were in the 1980‘s unequalled for feature-rich detail and accurate place-naming, long before satellite imagery became the basis for paper maps. On this 1:200,000 map, 1 cm is equal to 2km, and the simple grid overlay makes calculating distances very straightforward. Grid references are also much simpler to figure out than on maps using MGRS, I think.

If you read Cyrillic you can see in the centre of the map the tiny settlement of (Markaz-e) Kadjiran - the last place mentioned by name through which Ant and H pass before reaching their target. Kadjiran is also the name of the 3,000-metre ridge to the west. It looks very rocky to me.

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