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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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21 March 2016 - an update
  • From another "corner" of the world, an on-line collection of the National Library of Australia, we have added an interesting set of British map series "East Turkey in Asia from the beginning of 20th century, probably related to the Russo-British "Great Game" for the influence in Asia at that time.
  • From a private collection, there's a new, rather unappealing, but very interesting 1:300,000 map - O49 Budweis (Ceske Budejovice). The map is a copy of a German "Uebersichtskarte von Europa", produced, around 1942, by a Polish Resistance (AK) cartographic cell. What's interesting, the map was sent, possibly still in the war time, to London (it bears a stamp, on the reverse, of Coll Drawczynski of Barnes, London.
9th March 2016 - an update

News:
1. A few dozen sheets of the WIG 1:100,000 map, to complement existing sheets (new scans come in full resolution, replace poor quality scans already available, or show sheet editions previously not available),
2. There are two German 1:25,000 sheets from WW1 (Gruppe Pinsk)
3. one double-sided German map, most probably a field edition dating back to the beginning of the German invasion on the Soviet Union: (1:100,000 – N-36-II West Beloj and 1:300,000, X57 Rshew)
4. A large German overview map (Übersichtskarte Skandinavien-Süd) dated end of 1941, which also covers north Germany and Pommerania / Pommern,
5. From the good people of the stareplanymiast.pl (old town plans), from the Warsaw Archive of Modern Records, we have received another 6 (variants) of Włocławk town plans from 1920s, plus, from a private collection, an interesting German town plan of Rzeszów (Reichshof) dated 1944.
6. There's also a new publication, albeit interesting only for those who can read Polish - Inż H. Bagiński, „Studja terenu i metoda opisu kraju” (Terrain studies and the method of land-description dated 1924, which came with a large map of north-eastern Poland (currently Lithuania and Belarus), by the apprentices of the WIG school of map drawing.

12.02.2016 - maps update
Several sheets of WIG 1:100,000 maps have been added, mainly replacing poor quality, or low resolution scans. All new sheets have been marked with green colour.
From the map archive of the Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza in Poznan, we have received over 70 new scans of a WW2 German soil maps (Bodenschäzungskarte) in 1:25,000 scale covering the areas of Western Poland incorporated into 3rd Reich. The maps are based on Polish, German and Russian maps and fill some gaps in detailed mapping of that area currently unavailable from the other, main map series.
From the collection of the Library of Congress, there is a set of 14 sheets of an early 19th century map of Galicia (Uibersichts Karte von Galizien) in 1:390,000 scale.
Courtesy of a website stareplany.pl, from the collection of the Archiwum Główne Akt Dawnych in Warsaw, we have added 4 town plans of Włocławek, dated (approximately): 1831, 1844, 1851 and 1942, plus, from a private collection a German town plan of Pabianice (Stadtplan von Pabianitz) from 1943.
31 December 2015 - end of year update
From the map collection of Uniwersytet Śląski again, about 70 sheets of a German "soil evaluation map" (Bodenschätzungskarte) in 1:25, 000 scale, dated 1940 – 1943 which covers the area of western Poland, annexed by the Reich in late 1939.
From our own collections, we have added 13 sheets of detailed plans of Danzig /  Gdańsk (so-called Geländeplan), scale 1:2500, and one sheet of 1:5000. It's more than likely that Danzig was covered by well over 100 sheets. We will try to identify libraries and archives where other sheets might be stored, in order to make them available.
And, a bit of personal touch on the subject of WIG - two photographs of (mainly military) personnel, probably dated 1930s. No 1 and No 2.
See you next year!
24 December 2015 - Christmas update
Due to an influx of Christmas "duties", we have only a relatively minor update today:
- courtesy of a private map collector, we have received two rare WIG 1:25,000 maps from the Góry Świętokrzyskie area: Bodzentyn and Nowa Słupia. They are tourist editions, hence the colour.
Courtesy of dr Brendan Whyte from the National Library of Australia, we have received 5 sheets of a rare, Mil-Geo edition of the standard 1:100,000 WW2 map (Grossblatt), plus, from the collection of a digital arm of the Polish National Library “Polona” – another sheet (Krasnystaw) of the same edition. As it happens, some sheets of this edition carry, on their reverse, a town plan, and so is the case with this sheet, hence the German Mil-Geo Stadtplan Lublin (please note the file is 600 dpi and will, most likely NOT open in web browsers, you need to download it instead!).
Christmas is upon us, so we wish you all a quiet Christmas.
23 November 2015 - new maps from the Soviet Union
Through hard work of people running eastopomaps.org, we have received, from the map collection of the Library of Congress, a new set of maps from the Soviet Union:
approx. 720 sheets of a Soviet 1:25,000 map, dated 1924 - 1943
approx.. 30 sheets of a German map: Rußland 1:25 000 dated 1942 – 1942.
Some new sheets show larger towns, such as Leningrad and Kiev.
16th October 2015 - map update
New maps available from the Uniwersytet  Śląski:

- several German 1:25,000 Messtischblatt (Topographische Karte) sheets,
- Russian 1:126,000 maps (3-verst)
- several Russian 1:84,000 maps (2-verst)
- two, very rare Russian 1:21,000 maps (half-verst)
- a few Russian version of an Austro-Hungarian 1:75,000 maps
- several Soviet 1:50,000 maps, dated 1944-45,
- a few Soviet 1:100,000 maps, dated 1944-45
- several German WW2 maps from USSR, scale 1:100 000, dated 1941 - 1942 (Russland 1:100 000), single sheets, double sheets and quadruple sheets
- approx.. 20 sheets of the map Austro-Hungarian 1:25,000 maps
- a few sheets by WIG, same scale, based on the Austrian maps
- one sheet of a 1: 1mln map (Wilno) dated 1928 r, a part of a Map series "International Map of the World 1:1 000 000”
- Another interesting and rare Polish map in 1:25 000, approx. 1920, "Dawidów – Bóbrka",
- A joint edition of 4 sheets, 1:25,000 originally produced by WIG in 1930s: Mikulczyce – Bytom – Gliwice – Chorzów. With no publication date it's hard to confirm if they are an original, pre-WW2 edition, or a temporary re-print for local use done in late 1940s, i.e. after the war.

We have managed to locate and make available for the "literature" section the original of the WIG maps from 1929 „Przepisy podstawowe o sporzadzaniu map…” (core instructions on WIG maps), which provide a descriptive specification sheet for basic WIG map series.
Courtesy of Mr Ryszard Hubisz we have also made available a map and a brochure by a known Polish cartographer, Franciszek Uhorczak, „Skorowidz nazw gromad, miast i miasteczek… woj. lwowskiego, stanislawskiego i tarnopolskiego” (Gazetteer). The gazetteer comes with a large map, which ca be downloaded from Mapster.
We have also added a German brochure dated July 1939 including a set of "drive-through" town plans of Poland („Stadt-Durchfahrten in Polen und Danzig (Skizzen)”
13th September 2015 - map update
We are very grateful for the permission and fantastic support we received over this summer from the staff at the Geoscience Faculty of the  Uniwersyt Śląski with scanning a large number of historical maps in their collection. It is going to take some time to process all the material, so we will release it in batches, as soon as new maps and plans become available. For now:
- approx. 40 new town plans, including showing the town of Cieszyn on the Polish-Czech border. Other plans can be found in the following sub-categories:
Town plans of central Europe
Town plans of GOP (Upper Silesian Industrial Region)
Other plans (Strasbourg in France)

- Several WIG 1:25,000, maps, both Polish and German editions
- Several German 1:100,000, joint editions, so-called Grossblatt / Einheitsblatt), particularly interesting a Mil.-Geo edition of Grossblatt Nr 386 Łuck from June 1944.
- several sheets of the German 1:300 000 (Übersichtskarte von Mitteleuropa, Osteuropa) across the whole continent

Please note: most maps have been scanned at 600 dpi, some files, particularly large-format sheets such as Grossblatt editions, might be up to 100 Mb.

A technical issue: we are aware of a problem with our website en-coding, which now defaults to ISO-8859-1. The effect, in plain English, is that some characters are replaced with illegible garbage which makes it hard or impossible to read some portions of the text. We are working to fix this issue.
24th June 2015 - new Soviet 1:25,000 maps
1 From our friends at easteurotopo.org, courtesy of the Library of Congress, we have received over 470 sheets of a Soviet 1:25,000 map, dated 1930 – 1942. The maps cover, predominantly, the coast of the Black Sea and south-eastern Ukraine. Nearly all the files are 400 dpi, hence manageable file size (4.5 – 10 MB).
16th June - a few more sheets from the Atlas Geologiczny Galicyi
We have received some missing sheets of the „Atlas Geologiczny Galicyji”, from our friends in Ukraine, and from the A. Mickiewicz University in Poznan, the following sheets: "Szczawnica", "Bochnia i Czchów", "Wieliczka i Myślenice", "Turka", "Ustrzyki Dolne", "Pomorzany", "Drohobycz" and "Skole". Now we are short of just two sheets ("Janów i Biłgoraj", and "Brzozów i Sanok"); we will try to locate them over the coming summer months.
15th June 2015 - new German 1:100,000 maps
From our own collections we have added about 60 maps based on a standard German 1:100,000 "Karte des deutschen Reiches" (Reichskarte, Generalstabskarte):
Nearly all sheets are at 600 dpi resolution, please be aware they are VERY large files. A few files at 400 dpi.
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10/19/2015 09:35
Привет! Некоторые
карты по этому адресу не открывают
ся http://igrek.amzp.
pl/maplist.php?cat
=GERSOV100Kx2&listt
ype=standard&listso
rt=sortoption1

06/30/2015 08:10
Hello ! For me very bad English - excuse me. I ask, if possible, to give the maps of Red Army of маштабом 500 and 250 meters of square of M-36 on a web-site. Now on these maps in Ukraine do

01/17/2015 05:29
Спасибо! (я ответил по электронн
ой почте). m.z.

01/16/2015 18:50
Подарок для поляков: https://yadi.sk/d/
hlNPi3e8e33sE http://forum.violi
ty.com/viewtopic.p
hp?t=1271989&sid=0c
3ce039aebd4f8f3e60
6866cbaea819

01/16/2015 18:37
I want to locate the Cadastral maps of the Austria Hungary administration of the area south and east of Kracow. Any sources?

01/09/2015 21:08
Hi, I want to donate to mapywig 3 scanned WWII German maps from the Osteuropa 300K series (actually 3 Zusammenfassungen with 4 maps each). Is there a contact e-mail address?

12/01/2014 14:38
p.s. red icons = very large files, i.e. 30 - 100 Mb.

12/01/2014 14:36
Certainly! All maps around "Bochnia" can be searched via mapster search feature: http://igrek.amzp.
pl/result.php?cmd=
pt&locsys=1&uni=-705
156&box=0.0001&hidee
mpty=on

11/30/2014 22:03
I downloaded this file http://www.mapywig
.org/m/K.u.K._maps
/series/075K/600dp
i/ZONE_6_COL_XXIII
_BOCHNIA_und_CZCHO
W_1899.jpg . Now I cannot find it to give to a friend of mine in England. Can you hel

09/29/2014 21:43
All clear now, thank you, I have updated the links on the "Allied" sub-page!