MICHELIN Guide 1939 – Michelin


In 1943, the Allies were looking for a practical document to help them find their way around France, which was devoid of road signs. The Allied General Staff contacted Michelin to reproduce the 1939 Michelin Guide, and a special edition of a few thousand copies was produced in 1944. Distributed to commanding officers on D-Day, this up-to-date guide, listing towns in alphabetical order and offering precise maps, was ideal for non-French speakers.

It’s the only red Michelin Guide that isn’t red, with a discreet sandy cover. Marked “For Official use only” and “Reproduced by Military Intelligence Division War Department Washington”, the 1944 edition was thicker but more fragile than the 1939 original, due to wartime restrictions.

On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of D-Day, discover a new edition of this famous MICHELIN Guide: a facsimile of the 1939 edition, with the same content and format, but made thicker thanks to the use of heavier-weight paper for a better reading experience.

Format: 106 mm x 196 mm

Thickness: 6 cm