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World War I spy drawing

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World War I spy drawing

What appears to be an innocent landscape drawing is in fact a plan of a harbour and its forts. The sketch has been made in accordance with a secret pictorial code known to the government in whose interest they were spying. In this code a windmill for example, would represent a lighthouse; a plantation of trees, a fort; a single farmhouse or cottage, a group of buildings; a group of houses, a town; a church, Admiralty offices or a Town Hall and double lines (ostensibly roads), railway tracks. In the image below, the innocent landscape has been decoded by the enemy for whom the drawing was made Date: 1914

Media ID 14231066

© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans

Code Codes Forts Pictorial Plan Secret Spies Spying


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