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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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19 October 2020 - map update
up From the collection of Berkeley Library, University of California, several hundred sheets of the German 1:300,000 Übersichtskarte von Mitteleuropa, dated 1913 - 1945.
- OkApprox. 300 individual sheets (Einzelblatt)
Because Europe is fairly large and some sheets are irregular in size, new scans are available via three index sheets:
- Western, Central, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia
- Central and South Europe
- Western and Central Europe, a few irregular sheets
Original, German index sheets can be found at the bottom of map indexes and lists. All scans 300 dpi.



14 October 2020 - map update
nowy_update From the collection of Berkeley Library, University of California we have added sheets from four map series:
1. Grossblatt / Einheitsblatt (approx. 330 sheets)
2. Umgebungskarte Norwegen (1:25,000 and 1:50,000) - approx. 50 sheets
For better orientation, the list of maps of Norway includes, at the bottom, a few German index sheets dated 1941 and 1944
3. Topographische Karte (Messtischblatt), 1:25,000, approx. 1500 sheets from East Germany and occupied Poland:
- approx. 800 sheets by the Reichsamt für Landesaufnahme, including 45 coloured sheets (mehrfarbig)
- approx. 150 arkuszy "Planblatt A" (Geheim), from the areas covered by German fortification lines. Please note, this edition does NOT show actual fortifications!
- approx. 400 sheets of the military edition (Deutsche Heereskarte), dated 1944 and 1945
- approx. 50 wydań Königliche Preussische Landesaufnahme, by 1917
- approx. 100 reprinted sheets (often with changed place-names, mostly from the area of the so-called Polish corridor, printed in August 1944 by stellvertr. Generalkommando XX. A.K., Abtlg. Ia Mess/Mil.-Geo. Danzig

24th September 2020 - town plans update
1 We have added several hundred plans from digital libraries in the following categories:
1. Central Europe
2. The Baltics
3. European Russia
4. The Balkans
5. Germany
6. Other (generally, the Mediterranean)
7. WW2 Allied town plans from Western Europe:
- Italy (GSGS 4378 Sardinia, 4379 Sicilia, 4380 Italy)
- France (GSGS 4334 France, GSGS 4381 Corsica) as well as town plans & plans of ports by OSS (Office of Strategic Services, later reformed as CIA)
- Germany (GSGS 4480)
- Austria (GSGS 4483 / AMS M981)
- Yugoslavia, AMS M903 and OSS plans (both WW2 and from 1990s)
- Albania (GSGS 4415) and Greece, GSGS 4457)
8. several sheets of the British map of Malta, 1:2,500 scale (from our own collection)
9. a few missing sheets of the British map of Istanbul and surrounding areas 1:25,000 dated 1944

A few comments: when downloading town plans sourced from digital libraries it is not recommend to rely on resolution information presented in file metadata. Usual, the actual resolution is much higher than declared. Moreover (this applies particularly to digital libraries in Poland), high compression rate used by those libraries means that even high-resolution files can be very poor quality images. Unfortunately, there's no rhyme or reason, i.e. some files from one library can be excellent, while others - from the very same library - are very poor.

And for those disappointed with lack of new (historical) maps... well, take a look at links below:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
The files in the links above can be downloaded, but not from the actual zoomable window but from the file list at the bottom of those pages. Scans are only 300 dpi, but very well scanned.
Other German maps scanned and recently made available by the Berkeley Library (University of California) can be found here. The Library will scan and add new files, but specific dates are unknown, in one word - covid.
30th July 2020 - map update
1 New maps:
A nicely drawn and rather long (ca 2.7 m) Topographic Plan of the Szczara River sections (Топографический плань части рѣки Щары) from the collection of Muzeum Ziemi PAN, dated, approx. turn of 18th / 19th c.

Some maps from the collections made available by US university libraries:
- ca. 40 sheets of the Austro-Hungarian 1:200,000 Generalkarte von Mitteleuropa), from the collection of the American Geographical Society), via digital library of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Please be aware that files, downloadable from the site, despite metadata, are NOT 600 dpi, but rather 300dpi.
From the same library
- dwatwo editions of the WIG 1:1 milion map (International Map of the World series)
. According to some information the sheet of Berlin, produced by the German Reichsamt für Landesaufnahme, raised Polish objections, due to some, unspecific, "misinformation" and, as a result, WIG published at least two Polish variants of that sheet. Original, 1930 German edition can be seen and downloaded here.
- German Plan von Krakau, 1:10,000, dated approx. 1942-43

From the collection of the Stanford University, California:
- approx. 170 sheets of the German, updated variants of the original Austro-Hungarian 1:200,000 Generalkarte von Mitteleuropa. Most sheets dated 1940 - 1945, covering ground from Stanislawow (Ivano-Frankivsk) down to Istanbul. All sheets scanned very well and at 600 dpi.
- one (missing) sheet of the WIG 1:500,000 maps (Cieszyn), provisional edition dated April 1939.
- three sheets of a rare German 1:50,000 map type dated 1944/45 that covered (mostly, but not solely) the area of occupied Poland.

Other maps and town plans from the above libraries will be added in August and September.
10th July 2020 - map update
1 New files, this time from digital libraies:
- approx. 230 sheets of a German WW1 maps of Western Russia, 1:25,000 from the area of Estonia (mainly).
(scans from the National Archive of Estonia - Rahvusarhiiv), unfortunately, very low resolution, i.e. 200 dpi, sometimes even less.

From the collection of the Bavarian State Library - Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
- several sheets of the German Osteuropa / Übersichtskarte von Mitteleuropa, 1:300,000
- a few sheets of the German 1:200,000 Topographische Übersichtskarte des Deutschen Reiches
- a few German town plans (München, Hamburg, Nuremberg), and a town plan of Łódź dated approx. 1938. A few other interesting plans, eg. Posen, dated 1940 are, unfortunately of very low resolution, so they're practically of no use. A selection of już przeskanowane by the Münchener Digitalisierungzentrum can be viewed here.

From the State Archive in Poznan, Poland, approx. 650 sheets of the WIG 1:100,000 map, all files 600 dpi. Almost all of them is already available in Mapster from other sources, but this time, they have been scanned in high resolution, and with a high-quality scanner. Other new sheets are editions that have previously not been available. There are also, approx. 60 sheets of the German copy of the WIG 1:100 000 maps, and trzy three sheets by the Polish underground cartoraphic services run by the Polish Home Army.
24th June 2020 - map update
test Our friends in Lihuania helped us scan a collection of approx. 90 Lithuanian pre-WW2 1:25,000 maps (Lietuvos žemėlapis 1:25 000) dated 1928 - 1940. As we don't have our own index sheet for this map type, the maps are available as a list. You will find two original index sheets, a pre-WW2 Lithuanian one, and a post-WW2 US one - both can be found at the bottom of the abovementioned list.

There are more scans from the State Archive in Poznan, Poland:
- over 40 sheets of the Operational Map of Poland - Mapa Operacyjna WIG - 1:300,000
- 190 sheets of the German Overview Map of Central Europe - Übersichtskarte von Mitteleuropa, 1:300,000
- ok. 130 sheets of the German WW2 reprints and variants of the Detailed Map of Poland 1:25,000 - Mapa Szczegolowa Polski
- approx. 270 original sheets, i.e. Polish editions of the Detailed Map of Poland 1:25,000 - Mapa Szczegolowa Polski

Practially all new sheets of the 1:300,000 and 1:25,000 maps have already been available on the server, however new scans are better quality (better scanner), all at 600 dpi. Additionally, some sheets of the 1:25,000 maps show extra, hand-drawn information, e.g. flooded areas (Hochwasser), related to the major flooding that occured in Poland in spring 1940, after unusually severe winter of 1939/40.

From our own collection,  mapy several 1:50,000 maps of Cyprus, turn of 1960/1970s. The original series is a US, AMS K715 Cyprus, with some overprint by UK's cartographic service. Some basic information on the Akrotiri base can be found in wikipedia, though only available in... Polish.

A larger number of Russian, Soviet and German one-verst maps (1:42,000) from the Library of Congress. They cover three areas, roughly:
- western Russia (within pre-1917 borders), about 400 sheets, covering the current area of central & eastern Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine
- Crimea and the Caucasus, around 500 sheets
- Russia / Soviet Union - a set of about 60 sheets, various, individual sheets from central, European Russia
- approx. 20 sheets of German 1:42,000, dated 1942, also from the area of the Caucasus
- over 90 sheets from the Baltics, some undated, most likely post-1917, by Estonian cartographic services


22 April 2020 - map update
1 There has been a period since beginning of this year, when the English page of the mapywig.orgg has not been updated at all, while, in the meantime, we have added quite a few new maps. So, to catch up...

1. Courtesy of State Archive Poznań, Poland:
- approx. 20 sheets of an "Atlas" called: Silesiae id est Ducatus Silesiae (...), dated approx. 1750
- approx. 230 sheets of the German 1:25,000 soil map (Bodenschaetzungskarte)
- approx. 1500 sheets of Messtischblat (Topographische Karte), various editions, including a few interesting sheets with the max extent of a flooding (Hochwasser) in central/western Poland, following a particularly severe winter of 1939/40), as well as a few sheets with hand-added updates (Merkblatt).

2. From the Library of Congress, Washington
- approx. 100 arkuszy of a Russian & Soviet one-verst map (1:42 000) - Lithuania and (pre-WW2) north-eastern Poland. Some sheets stamped with original "Archiwum W.I.G." (WIG Archive).
- 8 sheets (incomplete) of a Russian "Topographic Map of the Vilna Gouvernment" dated 1836
- 12 sheets of the German road map of Finland (Finnland: Strassenkarte), mostly in 1:200,000. Maps come from the mil-geo publication: „Militärgeographische Angaben über Finnland” dated 1941 (the publication itself can be downloaded from the DE-literature folder.
- a few Finnish town plans from the above publication.

3. Literature - also from the collection of the Library of Congress:
- a few editions of the MITTEILUNGEN des Reichsamt für Landesaufnahme dated 1939 - 1943.
- a few brochures dated 1943/44, prepared for the eventuality of Allied's invation / landing in the Balkans (Yugoslavia and Albnia),
- „Militärgeographische Angaben über Finnland” dated 1941, already mentioned above

4. From our own collection:
- 170 sheets of the British copy (MDR 652) of Bulgarian maps, re-scaled to 1:40,000, dated 1944
- approx.140 sheets of the British map of Malta, 1:2,500 (from our own collection)

5. From McMaster University, Canada, jointly scanned by The University of Alberta, and originally most sheets from the collection of prof. Bogdan Zaborski. Some more information about him - in Polish) can be found in this PDF, courtesy of the  przez Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw.
- approx. 400 sheets of the Topographische Karte (Messtischblatt) from the area of western and central-north Poland, plus approx. 130 sheets from our own collection
- approx. 1500 sheets, British, American (and several French), covering the area of Germany within post-WW2 borders. Older edition, dated 1943 - 1944 are re-printed copies of, sometimes, rather old editions of German Topographische Karte (Messtischblatt). From 1944 onwards, most editions were updated from air photography. The series is called, interchangably (sometimes) as GSGS 4414, and AMS M 841, elsewhere GSGS 4414 (AMS M841) or AMS M841 (GSGS 4414). Several sheets prepared for and / or published by the French Service Géographique des Forces Françaises en Allemagn. Later, post-WW2 editions produced under the BAOR (British Army of the Rhine), although the bulk of the sheets are the work of AMS, for USAREUR (United States Army Europe). In time, also (west) German istitutions participated in the series, particularly the Land Survey Offfice (LSO) based in Frankfurt a.M., later incorporated into the Instituts für Erdmessung (Institute for Geodesy).

31st December 2019 - last update
nowosci (this year):
A few individual, rare maps:
We have also added several dozen original index sheets, which correspond to various map series. As there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of index sheets floating around, there is no space to list those added here. They can be found at the bottom of individual index sheets, e.g. WIG 1:100 000, as well as at the bottom of map lists, e.g. WIG 1:25,000, old edition. More index sheets will be added within the next couple of weeks.
1st December 2019 - literature update
eLiterature Several new items in the "Literature” section:
in Polish:
Courtesy of Mr Grzegorz Słomczyński, a paper by his grandfather, a known WIG cartographer, written in Italy, approx. 1945r.:
J. Słomczyński „Rzuty Kartograficzne” (PDF), (DOC) [Cartographic projections]

other materials in Polish
S. Srokowski „PRUSY WSCHODNIE. STUDIUM GEOGRAFICZNE, GOSPODARCZE I SPOŁECZNE”, 1945
from the collection of Biblioteka Wydziału Nauk Geograficznych i Geologicznych Uniwersytetu A. Mickiewicza, Poznań, Poland
M. Orłowicz POLSKA. CZĘŚĆ POŁUDNIOWO-ZACHODNIA. ILUSTROWANY PRZEWODNIK KOLEJOWY, 1926
from the collection of the Library of Congress, USA

in German:
Militär-geographische Einzelnangaben für die Truppenführung... Detailed military-geographic information for troop movement...), applicable to individual sheets of the 1:100,000 German maps (Grossblatt / Einheitsblatt). Individual volumes include text, drawings and photos (bridges, dams, roads, etc.).
H.Dv.g.40-30a (1933, Grossblatt 30a)
H.Dv.g.40-53 (1936, Grossblatt 54)
H.Dv.g.40-54 (1938, Grossblatt 54)
H.Dv.g.40-55 (1938, Grossblatt 55)
H.Dv.g.40-66 (1933, Grossblatt 66)
H.Dv.g.40-67 (1934, Grossblatt 67)
H.Dv.g.40-78 (1936, Grossblatt 78)
H.Dv.g.40-79 (1933, Grossblatt 33)
all materials from the collection of the Library of Congress, USA
Vademecum Italien, 1943 (PDF, 150 Mb)
Planheft Balkan, 1940 (PDF)
Planheftübersichten Mittelmeergebiet, 1941
Planheft GROSSDEUTSCHES REICH, 1944 (PDF, 302 Mb) - the only civilian Planheft
Die militärgeographischen Bedingungen für die Verteidigung der französischen Mittelmeeküste, 1943
Orts- und Geländenamen Albaniens, 1941 (PDF)
all materials from the collection of the Library of Congress, USA

in English:
Dr. M. Orłowicz „POLAND AND ITS CURIOSITIES (A Tourist's guide)”, 1927 (PDF)
„POLAND. NORTH-SOUTHERN PART. ILLUSTRATED RAILWAY GUIDE by Dr. M. Orłowicz”, 1932
(both guidebooks from the collection of the Library of Congress, USA)
MANUAL OF MAP CLASSIFICATION AND CATALOGUING PREPARED FOR USE IN THE DIR. OF MIL. SURVEY, 1952 (v. large file, 230 Mb!). Smaller variant (45 Mb), can be downloaded HERE.
(from private collection

in Russian:
A (large!) map and a text of the Russian Academy of Sciences, related to ethnography of Bessarbia.
НАСЕЛЕНИЕ БЕССАРАБИИ. ЭТНОГРАФИЧЕСКИЙ СОСТАВ И ЧИСЛАЕННОСТЬ,1923 (PDF)
from the collection of the Library of Congress, USA
The map is also available separately in mapster: small and mid-scale Russian and Soviet maps
31st October 2019 - map update
Courtesy of the State Archive Poznań, Poland we scanned over100 town plans of historical Poznań. Some files are large or VERY large so we would recommend they should be downloaded, rather than viewed in a web browser.
Several other new town plans, i.e. - Strassbourg, Praha, Tarnów, Łódź, Warszawa and Wadowice, come from the collection of Mr Ryszard Hubisz.
29th October 2019 - map update
update New maps, majority from the collection of the State Archive in Poznan, Poland:
From private collections:

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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 détaillée de la frontière Est suite au traité 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.