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Following the advice of UK and Scottish Governments, NCAP has now returned to limited operations in our offices.

We are now able to process orders for not-yet-digitised aerial imagery, to revised delivery timescales.

Essential Maintenance

HES is currently undertaking essential maintenance on our web services. This will limit access to services in the following ways:

- Subscription access for HES online services will be unavailable (Scran, NCAP)

- Image purchasing options will be limited (Canmore, Britain from Above, Scran, NCAP)

- Any enhanced services which require a log in will be unavailable (My Canmore, Britain from Above contributions, Scran contribute)

 

General access to these services will all continue. Enquiries will still be able to be submitted.

We anticipate services to be restored from Monday 1st February 2021.

 

 

 

Codename DICK TRACY

Second World War aerial photography of Russia, taken by the German Luftwaffe and captured by the Allies. 

These photographs are part of an enormous collection of German intelligence material found in the closing days of the war. They were discovered by American soldiers at Berchtesgaden, Hitler's mountain retreat in southern Bavaria. Code-named DICK TRACY, the collection was airlifted to the UK and combined with seizures of similar material from elsewhere. After initial analysis at the Allied Central Interpretation Unit (ACIU), at RAF Medmenham, it was shipped to the United States.
 
The combined collection of German aerial photography (GX) became known as the GX Library. This formed the backbone of Anglo-American target intelligence in the Cold War. The GX Library was gradually superseded by imagery from high-altitude reconnaissance planes and satellites in the 1960's. 

The images in this gallery cover a range of locations across the Eastern Front between Moscow and Leningrad (now known as St Petersburg). They show Russian fixed defences, including anti-tank ditches and trenches, artillery positions and airfields. Some of the images show the same locations in different seasons, with deep snow-cover evident in the winter months.