During WWII these silk and cloth type bailout maps were produced in varying quantities by the British and American forces on thin silk (waterproof) material. The idea was that if an Allied pilot's plane was shot down behind enemy lines they should have a map to help him find his way to safety if he escaped or evade capture. It is estimated that between September 1943 and April 1945, 60,000-70,000 Allied and 38,805-150,660 German soldiers died in Italy.
The number of Allied casualties was about 330,000 and the German figure (excluding those involved in the final surrender) was over 330,000. Fascist Italy, prior to its collapse, suffered about 200,000 casualties, mostly POWs taken in the invasion of Sicily, including more than 40,000 killed or missing. Over 150,000 Italian civilians died, as did 35,828 anti-fascist partisans and some 35,000 troops of the Italian Social Republic. On the Western Front of World War II, Italy was the most costly campaign in terms of casualties suffered by infantry forces of both sides, during bitter small-scale fighting around strongpoints at the Winter Line, the Anzio beachhead and the Gothic Line. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\United States\Field Gear, Equipment".The seller is "premierrelics" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.