Soviet maps created in secret show the likes of Washington DC and New York City - to be used when communism conquered the world
23:05, Thursday, 23 November, 2017
These extremely well-made maps of American cities were created by the Soviet Union during the Cold War - to be used in the event of a communist takeover of the world. Showing the likes of Washington, DC and New York City in exquisite detail, the maps were created in secret over a period of decades by spies and cartographers thought to have got their information from satellites and clandestine visits to the US. The Soviets mapped the world in this manner, achieving a level of detail that far exceeded anything commercially available at the time. On the map of Washington, DC, the Pentagon can be clearly seen - and so too the White House. Despite still being officially classified in Russia, they have been collected in a book - The Red Atlas: How the Soviet Union Secretly Mapped The World - by John Davies & Alexander J Kent. Davies and Kent spent 15 years carrying out research for their book - but are still staggered by how far ahead of their time the Soviet mapmakers they were. 'People didn't have Google Earth or Street View back then,' Davies said. We actually call them "the Wikipedia of their day" - if you needed any information at all, you could consult one of these maps.