William Beaver, author of Under Every Leaf, maps out some of the places which helped Britain to play the greater game from Afghanistan to Africa…

Readers of Under Every Leaf: How Britain Played the Greater Game from Afghanistan to Africa, have asked for maps so that they can get an idea of where the remote places in the book are and how far they are from each other. Now readers can easily access a map of Central Asia and one for Africa here, as drawn by one of the principal mapmakers in the University of Oxford. It would have been ideal to have used original Intelligence Division maps, however, as the map of Alexandria in the front of Under Every Leaf shows, they were usually too small scale and detailed to meet today’s readers’ requirements.

Under Every Leaf is the story of the shadowy Intelligence Division of the British War Office and its unsung role in the formation of the Victorian Empire and imperial policy-making from Asia to Africa. With its focus on the heady days between the Crimean War and the establishment of MI and MI in the early years of the twentieth century, Under Every Leaf tells how Britain was well served by an extensive and sophisticated secret intelligence service which few even knew existed – then or now. Drawing from an encyclopaedic array of primary and little-known sources, Under Every Leaf is a rollicking good read of brains over brawn, adventure, success and sacrifice, craftiness and commitment in the service of the greatest empire the world has ever known.