WWI era vintage scrolling map ?

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A friend showed me an unusual artifact yesterday, It was found deep in a hedgerow near what is now Stansted airport in the 1950's. It appears to be a scrolling map holder, made of very light gauge aluminum and bears no visible marks or stamps. The map itself also appears to be military in origin and is of the area surrounding Verdun. It has penciled trench lines and has French forts highlighted by pencil circles drawn around them. Has anyone any ideas as to its origin/vintage Another conundrum is how it ended up in a hedgerow, and why! [ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\tIMG_20190707_160911.jpg Views:\t0 Size:\t152.1 KB ID:\t3867334","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"3867334","data-size":"medium"}[/ATTACH][ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\tIMG_20190707_160918.jpg Views:\t0 Size:\t134.8 KB ID:\t3867335","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"3867335","data-size":"medium"}[/ATTACH][ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\tIMG_20190707_160857.jpg Views:\t0 Size:\t146.6 KB ID:\t3867336","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"3867336","data-size":"medium"}[/ATTACH][ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\tIMG_20190707_160932.jpg Views:\t0 Size:\t101.2 KB ID:\t3867337","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"3867337","data-size":"medium"}[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=JSON]{"alt":"Click image for larger version Name:\tIMG_20190707_160847.jpg Views:\t49 Size:\t170.7 KB ID:\t3867338","data-align":"none","data-attachmentid":"3867338","data-size":"medium"}[/ATTACH]
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I would think the map itself will tell you a great deal of its history. I'm sure London has an antique map shop which could pin down the general timeframe and other details.
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Thanks for the replies so far, very interesting to say the least!
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Apparently this item has this stamped on it : Aeronautique Militaire MG BTe SGD
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A bit of a historic update: I'm reading a book about the 1908 New York to Paris automobile race and one of the team's (a French De Dion) had a scrolling map. So it appears the idea even predates the war.
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Thank you Mr Boyle, that is interesting.I shall pass this on to the current owner of the item. I have also suggested that she contact the Shuttleworth Collection here in the UK, they may have info too...perhaps!