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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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28th November 2017 - map update
A new batch of maps from the Library of Congress:
- some 10 sheets of a German 1:25,000 map, "Dubyssaabschnitt" (Lithuania) from 1941 (sheets based on earlier, Russian maps)
- several sheets of a Russian 1:21,000 map (so-called "half-verst map)
- approx. 30 sheets of a Soviet Red Army map, scale 1:25,000, dated 1939, which streched north-south to cover Lithuania and eastern Poland. The maps are re-scaled, Russian editions from the turn of 19th and 20th century. Please note that we do not expect any new sheets from this series earlier than, possibly by end of next year.
16th November 2017 - map update
1 New maps from the collection of the Library of Congress:  approx. 700 sheets of the WIG 1:25,000 map, provisional edition. Current coverage of this map series (both Polish and WW2 German editions) can be seen on the index sheet. Please note that the sheets are reprints of earlier maps (Russian and Austro-Hungarian), often re-scaled, so they show the situation before WW1 or even from the turn of 19th century - NOT, as suggested by their print date - from 1930s.
29th October 2017 - map update
1 With kind permission from Mr Jean-Luc Arnaud who runs a digital mapping project "CartoMundi", we have received sheets to complement a few series of German Volkstumskarte von Slowakien & Jugoslawien, byPublikationstelle Wien, from older, Austro-Hungarian 1:200,000 edition (information about the map-maper, Wilfried Krallert, can be found in a Wikipedia article, in German).

There's also a number of maps from Europe which come from our own collections:
- German maps of Norway, 1:100,000 (1940 - 1945)
- German Umgebungskarten von Oslo and Trondheim, 1:25,000
- GSGS 4490 - a set of 4 British maps of Trondheim and vicinity, 1:25,000
- a few German maps of Iceland, 1:100,000
- a few German 1:100,000 maps of Italy - individual and joint sheets
- several American (AMS) road maps of Italy (1943-1944), 1:200,000
- kilkanaście arkuszy niemieckiej mapy Grecji w skali 1:100 tys.
- approx. 40 British maps of Istanbul and vicinity dated 1944, based on a Turkish map from approx. 1915
- a few Allied, small-scale maps of Germany (heavy industry, occupation zones, displaced persons)

Please note: you should find scanned original index sheets (German, Allied, etc.) under the mapster index sheets and map lists for large map series in mapster. This should help navigating and establishing full extent of a given map series.
2nd October 2017 - map update
nowe After a few days' interruption to the service, courtesy of our hosting provider, there are new updates to share: over the last couple of weeks we have added several dozen maps, mainly German 1:25,000 Topographische Karte (Messtischblatt), also some German 1:25,000 maps based on Polish, pre-WW2 maps by WIG, as well as a few dozen town plans (maps and plans come from both institutions and private collection). There is also a selection of new publications in the "literature" section.
While unrelated to Eastern Europe, but possibly helpful for people interested in the WW2 "western" front, there is a new set of nearly 300 town plans of Italy dated 1932 - 1944, in the following series GSGS 4378 Sardinia, GSGS 4379 Sicily and GSGS 4380 Italy, as well as several plans of Gibraltar. There are also approx. 40 AMS and GSGS town plans of France (GSGS 4234) and a similar number of sheets of a US 1:25,000 map of Yugoslavia, dated 1944/45.

11th September 2017 - WIG map update
From the map collection of the Library of Congress, we have added approx. 800 sheets of the Polish WIG 1:100,000 'tactical map". Most sheets fill in gaps and provide alternative editions to the regular-format maps. Majority is from the regular series", others, were drawn along different (Russian) sheet lines, showing the areas in the East). Several German re-prints dated 1939 and 1940 are interesting as they vary from the regular German re-prints of this map type available widely in Poland and elsewhere.
8th September 2017 - map udate
After the summer break, there are more maps from the Library od Congress: around 50 - 60 sheeets of a more obscure 1944 German 1:50,000 map called "1:50 000 Deutches Reich (Gen. Gouv.)". Small sheets cover the area of central Poland, while the large ones (of which we only have one), are scattered across the territory of Belarus (Polesia) and western Ukraine. Please note, directly below the mapster index sheet and list of available sheets there are post-WW2 American and British index sheet indicating available maps of this type. Well, at least available around 1954...

Another map update can be expected in a few days.
13th July 2017 - new 1:25,000 maps
From the collection of the Library of Congress, Washington, we have added approx. 800 sheets of the Polish 1:25,000 map by W.I.G. As the maps are of a "provisional" type, based on earlier Russian ones, they are not as detailed as the scale might suggest, and what they show is actually dated to the turn of 19th and 20th century (in some cases, they might be copies of German WW1 maps based on earlier Russian sources).
Batch No 2 of the provisional edition, covering southern Poland, will be made available in the autumn. In the meantime, we can expect at least one more update of other map types.
11th July 2017 - important SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT (2)
1 All materials have been moved to a new server and are available via mapster. We still need to update the links on individual pages of mapywig.org which will take a few more days.
In the meantime, a few more 1:25,000 Polish maps by WIG have been added.
Next update can be expected in 1 - 3 days.
11th June 2017 - important SERVICE ANNOUCEMENT

Bad news, for a change: as of approx. Saturday, 17th June, ALL map files (with exception of German 1:25,000 Messtischblatt series) will become - temporarily - unavailable. Therefore, if anyone wants to download any maps, this coming week is best time to do so, as re-establishing full access to maps is going to take at least a few, and more likely several weeks.

As our hosting provider is not happy with our custom they want us to remove all files within 7 days (including site_backup). Naturally, we hold backup of all those files locally, on hard drives, so there is no danger that anything would be lost forever. Unfortunately, uploading approx. 50,000 maps (over 1 Tb of data) to a new server will take at least a few weeks.

Both sites involved in this project, i.e. mapywig.org and igrek.amzp.pl (mapster) will continue to run, as we have no plans to close them down, but to confirm, the maps and books will be - for some time - gone.

In the next several weeks we will transfer all map files to a public ftp server, i.e. one available without password, and we will provide information here as soon as it happens. In the longer run of 2 - 3 months, we will re-instate full functionality, that is search and downloading of maps and documents via mapywig.org and igrek.amzp.pl.

The work to make available other maps and materials scanned at the Library of Congress continues although, due to the current problem, it has to take 2nd priority. Therefore, new material can be expected to be available, realistically, no sooner than July - August.

8th June 2017 - an update
From the map collection of the Library of Congress dodaliśmy:
- approx. 530 sheets of the WIG 1:25,000 map of the new type (provisional, normal and tourist editions). This means that the collection holds around 95% of all new-style editions of this map published prior to the outbreak of WW2 (index sheet).
- approx. 140 of the German editions of the same map. They are re-printed variants of pre-WW2 Polish maps by WIG, new sheets based on unpublished Polish materials and those produced and updated from German air photography.

From our own collection:
- okaprox. 230 sheets of the Army Map Service 1:25,000 map of Poland (AMS M851 series), i.e. reprinted German Messtischblatt / Topographische Karte which, in turn, are often based on pre-WW2 Polish 1:25,000 maps.
24th May 2017 - service update
All German 1:25 000 (Messtischblatt / Topographische Karte) maps, as well as AMS variants from 1950s are back online. We still need to work for a couple of days to re-activate all GSGS and AMS sheets from the current area of Germany.
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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.

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

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