The next larger update to this map series can be expected by
From the same collection a few interesting town plans:
street names on the reverse), Petrikau (Piotrków Trybunalski)
(Tomaszów Mazowiecki) – all of them are German plans dated 1944,
(Kartuzy) – unfortunately only one of the unknown number
of very detailed (1:2,500) plan produced by the Hauptvermessungsabteilung
XV (Danzig) in 1942.
Courtesy of and with great help of the Geography
Department of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin it has
been possible to make available some 990 sheet of the German 1:25,000 World
War I map from the Eastern Front. The maps cover the area of what is now
central Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus and Ukraine.
The index sheet for this map type (large, therefore takes a moment to load)
can be found HERE
A (very long!) list of new sheets is HERE.
An index sheet for the probable area coverage of this map type, from 1920s,
produced by Polish Wojskowy Insytutu Geograficzny is HERE.
Most of the maps is based on Russian 1-verst map (1:42,000), some others are
re-scaled two-verst (1:84,000) maps, so most place names are in cirillic
script, with only some transliterrated into Latin. Relatively few sheets
dated 1916 - 1918 are re-drawn and updated by German front-line survey
units, e.g. sheets XIII-20, XIV-21, XIV-22, XVI-20-H-I, XVII-20-A, E,
XVII-20-F, XX-20-B, E, G, XXI-20-A-B, XXII-20-G, XXIII-14-C, F, XXIX-17-H,
Also, with permission of the Geography
Department of the Uniwersytet Łódzki, Poland, we have been
able to scan further 36 sheets of the same map type from central Poland.
These maps are relatively detailed and show a vast area of Eastern Europe
where mass-migration, mostly to America, took place at the turn of 20th
century and where, soon after, "The Great War" of 1914 - 1918 was fought. As
most of those areas were never, until mid-1950s, properly surveyed and
cartographed, the German maps remain probably the only available source of
detailed historic information. As to the fate of the Russian maps which had
been the source of these German maps, we have found no trace of them yet.
Also, from the same collection of the Humboldt University of Berlin, there
is a set of 29 sheets of Soviet 1:25,000 map series dated 1939, based on an
older, Russian 1:21,000 map (half-verst) which partly overlaps with the
German 1:25,000 set mentioned above, and covers, what used to be
central-east Poland, and what is now north-west Ukraine and
Index sheet available HERE
A list of new sheets available HERE
conventional signs on post-WW2 Polish topographic maps, scale 1:5,000 and
1:10,000. 2nd edition,
full version of the publication already available, "Reichsamt fuer
Landesaufnahme und seine Kartenwerke", 1931. This time with all map
inserts and photos.
– A brochure in German, also dated 1931, „Neue Wege der Kartenherstellun
im Reichsamt fuer Landesaufnahme” (New methods of map-making in RfL).
Interesting texts on developments of the 1:25,000 Messtischblatt
(Topographische Karte) and the future of a new 1:50 000 German map
For informative purposes and to help navigate various map series, we have
begun adding original index sheets to the series. These can be found at the
bottom of mapster index sheets and at the bottom of map lists. As the number
of map series runs in hundreds, so does a number of index sheets, so please
bear with us. If there is an index sheet for a particular map series which
we have not added, please contact us and we should be able to locate it.
Finally, from the collection of the
Uniwersytet Śląski, we have added over 100 maps in the following
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.
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,
4. A large German overview map (Übersichtskarte Skandinavien-Süd)
dated end of 1941, which also covers north Germany and Pommerania /
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)
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
large map of north-eastern Poland (currently Lithuania
and Belarus), by the apprentices of the WIG school of map drawing.
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
von Pabianitz) from 1943.
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