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Map Archive of Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny 1919 - 1939

Non-commercial project with scans of maps and geographic materials published by the Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny (WIG), 1919 - 1939.


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19th November 2021 - map update
1 From the collection of Mr Piotr Kamiński, we have added approx. 50 editions of the German, 1:100,000 joint edition (Grossblatt) maps, and from the Library of Congress, approx. 250 sheets of the Soviet 1:42,000 (one-verst) map from the Caucasus area, which we, er... overlooked in 2019.
10th November 2021 - website access
After about 2 weeks, problems have been fixed and the main map site (igrek.amzp.pl) is up and operational again.
14th September 2021 - map update
en It appears the English version of mapywig has been lagging behind the PL counterpart, so it's time for a rollover of updates:
Please do not assume that the date of print closely relates to what the real situation is for that year - some of the plans are drawn from editions that were produed, in some cases, several years earlier!

Other town plans:
Courtesy of the National Library of Australia:
Other maps:
  • approx. 300, post-WW2 Soviet 1:25,000 topo maps of Poland, mainly the coast, Polish-German border, and the south-west. Please note! - the index sheet for those maps is very extensive, as was the scope of interest of the Soviet Army. Consequently, the index sheet loads long, and slow. It is somewhat faster to access the sheets via the list. Naturally, all sheets are also available when you enter specific place-name in the mapster search engine.
26th July 2021 - map update
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1 Various map series updates, both from polona.pl and the collection of the digital library of the Universytet Jagielloński, Krakow:
- approx. 70 further sheets of the "Karte des westlichen Russlands", 1:100 000
- approx. 20 sheets of the German Generalstabskarte, dated approx. mid-19th century, so called "Topographische Karte vom Preussischen Staate 1:100,000"
- approx. 120 sheets of the Reymann's Special-Karte von Central-Europa, 1:200,000
- approx. 45 shets of the Spezialkarte der Osterreichisch-ungarischen Monarchie 1:75 000
- approx. 80 sheets, GSGS 4228 Italy 1:25 000  prepared or printed by 12 Polish Svy. Coy
- approx. 75 German equivalent maps (Ei25, Italien 1:25 000), 400 dpi, from our own collection
- approx. 15 sheets of the GSGS 4229 Italy 1:50 000
GSGS 1:100,000 series is currently not available
As far as Allied and German maps of Italy, we have a large number of scales available, but given the huge number of editions, and the total number of sheets approaching a good few thousands, we're not planning to scan them.
- 4 sheets of the AMS M702 Yugoslavia 1:50 000
- 8 sheets of the GSGS 4478 GERMANY ROAD MAP 1:500,000

12th July 2021 - map update
nowy From the collection of the National Library of Poland (polona.pl.) we have added approx. 120 sheets of the 1:100 000 "Karte des westlichen Russlands".
Polona.pl is also the source of approx. 40 sheets of the German 1:100,000  "Karte des deutschen Reiches". All sheets are scanned at 600 dpi. Additional 630 sheets of the same map type come from the collection of the University of Berkely Libraries, unfortunately only available at 300 dpi.
And, from the Nat. Library of Poland again, several sheets of the German 1:300,000 (Uebersichtskarte von Mitteleuropa)

26th June 2021 - map update
1 From the collection of the National Library of Poland, via digital library, polona.pl, we have added a collection of WIG 1:25,000 and their German variants.
- approx. 900 original, Polish sheets (tourist, regular, temporary and provisional editions),
- approx. 450 German variants, prepared by the Reichsamt fuer Landesaufnahme (1940 - 1944), D. Mil.-Kart. Inst. Warschau (1941 - 1942) and various Wehrmachtu survey departments and topo and field print units (1943 - 1945).
Actually, all the new sheet have already been available, sourced from other collection, but the new scans are 600 dpi (with exception of some reverse sides), and include some maps with extra information, such as corrections, signatures, etc.
Please note: this is not a complete set of these maps available at the Nat. Library of Poland, polona.pl are missing from several to a few dozen sheets, we don't have any information as to the reasons.
13 June 2021 - map update
nowy From the collection of the National Library of Poland (polona.pl), about 500 sheets of the German 1:100,000 copies of Polish tactical map by WIG, mostly in black and white. The originals bear pre-WW2 dates and their copies are undated, so with no specific information from written German sources, we can assume dating as approx. 1939.
27 May 2021 - map update
nowy A new update, courtesy of the (digital) National Library of Poland (polona.pl), approx. 1700 scans of the Poland's flagship 'tactical map' by the Military Geographic Institute (WIG). An overwhelming majority of sheets are already available from other collections, but it was worth adding the new ones as they are generally scanned very well, and at high resolution (600 dpi).
The sheets are available in three sub-categories:
- WIG 100 000 - main set, 1921 - 1939 (index sheet is here)
- WIG 100 000 - early (1920 - 1925) reproductions based on earlier, Russian maps (cut along different sheet lines). Index here.
- black & white reproductions by WIG in Edinburg (1941 - 1943) as well as sheets produced by the Poland's underground AK (Home Army), approx. in 1942-43 See Index.

What's left behind to add is the German copies of WIG 1:100,000 series, mainly in black & white. These should become available within the next few weeks.

23th March 2021 - map update
nowy Approx. 550 sheets of the Austro-Hungarian 1:75,000 Spezialkarte 1:75 000 map - through the digital library of the National Library of Poland, but from the collection of the Jagiellonian University of Krakow. Unfortunately, the sheets do not plug missing areas in the index sheets, they are high-resolution (600 dpi) versions of the 300 dpi sheets we already have from the same source.

We have had some requests to fill in gaps in the coverage of German 1:25,000 topo maps from the western part of the country. To do that, we used scans from the Canadian McMaster University 600 dpi) as well as the University of Berkeley, California (300 dpi), plus a few dozens of sheets from our own collection (600 dpi). In total, approx. 3,100 sheets which are available via Topographische Karte / Messtischblatt - Germany. Some 25 sheets or more from the border area of Holland and France spilled over the edge of the known world, because our index sheet does not extend far enough to the west. These sheets are available via map list and marked on the list as empty (though they are not). And for the continuous, year-round,,spring cleaning, we have added several sheets of the GSGS 4144 (Germany 1:25 000).
To clarify, we are not working on, or planning to provide full coverage of either original (i.e. German) or Allied (AMS / GSGS) series covering the territory of Germany, given the number of sheets and editions runs into dozens of thousands...
And, while working on the above, it was hard to notice a gap in coverage that is Bavaria (Bayern). Fortunately, courtesy of the University of Berkeley library, we were able to provide approx. 320 sheets of a 1:25,000 map of Bavaria (Topogr. Karte von Bayern w skali 1:25 000), cut along different lines to the regular German Topographische Karte. The sheets from Berkeley are at 300 dpi, plus approx. 25 sheets from our own collection, at 600 dpi. Since we don't have our own index sheet, the maps are available as a list, and the coverage (approx.) can be checked on original German index sheets from 1944 below the list.

14th March 2021 - map update
nowy From the collection of the National Library of Poland (polona.pl) we have added a large number of German 1:25,000 maps (Topographische Karte / Messtischblatt)
- approx. 980 original German editions and around 130 post-WW2 Polish re-prints (usually with change of main place-names), published / printed by the Polish Głwny Urząd Pomiarw Kraju, GUPK (Head Office of Land Survey) dated 1946 - 1948
- approx. 20 re-printed editions published by the Polish Dowdztwo Głw. Kartografja Poznań (1919 - 1920), and a few others which are possibly reprints from the same source. We don't have an index sheets for this batch, and don't expect to located detailed information about the coverage (though it can be assumed to cover the areas contested by Germany and Poland directly post-WW1. Therefore, for better or worse, the sheets have been placed together with (early) WIG 1:25,000 editions.
- a few dozen of sheets from the area of Germany west of the Oder river arkuszy z terenu Niemiec na zachd od Odry - this batch also includes post-WW2 Polish reprints by GUPK. Also, approx. 50 German sheets from the collection of Brigham Young University w Utah and further 24 German sheets from the collection of the Archiwum Państwowe (State Archive), Poznań, Poland. Unfortunately, a few sheets from the Utah collection shows the areas that were contested, historically, by France and Germany, so we... ran out of the index, and these sheets are only available via above-linked list.
23 February 2021 - map update
nowy A new batch of W.I.G. maps from the National Library of Poland, via their digital arm, polona.pl:
- a few dozen older editions of WIG 1:25,000 maps, produced in mid-1920s),
- approx. 40 original K.u.K. 1:25 000 sheets (hard to verify, as they look quite similar to the mid-1920s re-prints by WIG)

With some exceptions, most newly-added maps are already available, from other sources. However, the new copies are very well-scanned at 600 dpi resolution, so they're highly recommended.

The update also included sheets from a mini-set of Poland and neighbouring countries (1:1,000 000), published by WIG in Edinburgh, in 1943.

And, to continue with small-scale, several sheets of the WIG 1:1,000 000 International Map of the World
- AS WELL AS one, German, undated reprint of the abovementioned 1:1,000 000 sheet "LWOW (LEMBERG)", original Polish date is 1938, most probably re-printed by 1940.
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03/21/2020 14:55
What's up, Marek? What are you working on? Hope all is OK.

01/26/2019 14:42
Hi: Are there any other maps showing parishes such as: Andrzej Tomczak Siec parafialna Wojewoddztwa pomorskiego Okregu bytowskiego I leborskiego W drugiej polowie xvi wieku Skala 1:300. Thanks

12/04/2017 15:22
peut-on obtenir la carte dtaille de la frontire Est suite au trait de Brest-litovsk ? merci d'avance

09/10/2017 04:54
Can I get some guidance on the projection that WIG cartographers used on the 1 to 100,000 maps?

04/02/2017 23:15
osowiec

03/17/2017 11:34
@JMisiewicz I tried to send an e-mail, but got an auto-response: "The e-mail address you entered couldn't be found" If you want to get in touch, please use e-mail (see left)

03/16/2017 18:10
I think we need to drill into this... Please check for my e-mail in your inbox! Smile

03/09/2017 16:41
Hello Marek. I am referring to the Ossada settlements created by Marshal Pilsudski in the Kresy after the 1920 Polish-Soviet war. I am hoping that there exists a map showing the location of these Ossa

03/02/2017 17:27
"Ossadas" is a very generic name (settlements), likewise "Kresy" which stretch from current Lithuania down to Ukraine. Anything more specific?

02/25/2017 11:49
Dzień dobry Marek. Czy Archive mają żadnych mapy przedstawiając
e lokalizację Ossadas w staropolskim Kressy (sprzed wojny)? Dziękuję, Julian.