We have added 72 sheets
of a Map of German Railways
(Eisenbahnkarte Deutschlands) dated 1937 – 1944.
The maps (more diagrams), cover Germany, Austria, and some parts of
Lithuania Poland and Czechoslovakia. The set is not complet, but we
will try to locate and scan missing sheets. As the maps don't come with
any grid lines, it will be harder to create proper index sheets, hence
they are available, temporarily, as a list.
Some higlights: detailed plans of Gibraltar, several German war-time
plans of British towns, detailed German plans of several towns in
Pommern (north-western Poland), and a copy, rather ugly, of a German
town plan of Marienbad - famous Czech resort of Mariánské Lázne - it
appears the copy was in use by some US troops (3rd Army?) which
reachead the western part of Czechoslovakia in April / May 1945.
We have also added two "zone maps" of Hanover and Dresden, which were
prepared for the carpet bombing raids in 1944 / 1945.
have also added about 55 sheets of the post-WW2, 1:50,000 map by the US
Army Map Service. Maps are dated 1950s - 1980s and the new sheets cover
One sheet from the East Prussia / Ostpreussen
(currently Kaliningrad Oblast of the Russian Federation),
several sheets from Czechoslovakia,
and two sheets from Hungary
(really, that's all we have at the moment!). Unfortunately most of the
scans suffers from imperfect scanner callibration. The issue can be
seen when the scan is at its 100% magnification, along one of the
margins. Files with such errors are marked appropriately, i.e.
If at all possible, at some point we will try to re-scan these sheets
or obtain the scans from other sources.
Up to 50 sheets of Russian 3-verst map (1:126,000)
have been added, courtesy of the digital library of the Jagiellonian
University, Krakow, and the Library of Congress. Also, after some
painstaking effort, it hs been possible to make those maps, as well as
the WW1 German variants,
available through index sheets; consequently, these maps are now easily
available through Mapster place-name search engine.
Several other index sheets have been created, including a mid-19th
century Polish "Mapa
Kwatermistrzostwa” (1:126,000) from the digital
archive of the National Library, Warsaw.
We have separated older
editions of WIG 1:25,000 maps, which are divided according to the
original materials (German, Austrian and Russian). These older sheets
from 1920s can be found on a separate index sheet.
We have added 6 new sheets of the older,
and 14 sheets of the new (1930s')
edition. All new scans at 600 dpi. A few dozens
older type sheets from the area of former Austrian "partition" should
become available by mid-summer.
Courtesy of Katedr Geologii i Geografii, Uniwersytet A. Mickiewicza
Poznan, Poland, we have received 28 sheets of a German 1:25,00
soil / land valuation map dated 1940 - 1944.
These maps are based on Polish 1:25,000 (WIG) maps, German
Topographische Karte (Messtischblatt) and Russian verst maps. We might
be able to add a larger number of sheets of this map type by end of
There's been an update to the page with index sheets of WIG maps.
Semi-related news (for those with a passion for scanning large maps on
a small-format scanner): Panavue, a long-standing software provider for
stiching photographs (and maps) are closing down by September 2014. In
the meantime they have made their flagship (enterprise) stitching
software available for free. On their home page you will find a link to the download page.
Installation is fast and painless, no strings attached, e.g. giving up
personal data, registration, etc. Software can be installed in either
English or French language version. While the interface is a bit dated,
and the stiching does not always provide perfect results, this is still
one of the best programs of this type available (no, they didn't pay us
to say that).
If you prefer the English version of the pages linked above, see a set of
three flags at the top of each page in Mapster, where you can change
language to EN or DE.
Please note: we are aware that resolution of some maps scans,
particularly sourced at digital libraries, is... underwhelming. We do
keep track of such items and when the same map or town plan appears
elsewhere, or when we have a chance to scan it at better resolution -
we do, and such poor quality scans will be replaced.