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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 June 2018 - a map update
1 There are approx. 30 new town plans, mainly from the collection of Mr Ryszard Hubisz, most of the plans from the area of Eastern Europe.
Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Washington, approx. 50 overdue Soviet 1:25,000 maps from 1939 from Eastern Poland, and, among those, 10 re-printed copies of Russian maps made by WIG by mid-1920.
There are other new maps in the following categories:
- small-scale maps (Allied)
- a few 18th and 19th century small-scale maps of Eastern Europe
- small-scale maps (German)
- German 1:25,000 sheets which combine re-scale WIG 1:100,000 and 1:25,000 maps.

We have also processed three more German military brochures - H.Dv.g 40 (Mil-geo Einzelangaben für die Trupperführung zum Einheitsblatt...) and they are available in pdf format. PLEASE NOTE, the files are 100 - 150 Mb!).
The brochures refer to the following Grossblatt / Einheitsblatt sheets:
53 Knigsberg (Nm) Pyritz Soldin (Chojna - Pyrzyce - Myślibrz)
54 Arnswalde - Schloppe - Friedeberg i.d. Neumark (Choszczno - Człopa - Strzelce Krajeńskie)
55 Schneidemhl (Piła)

Another, relatively large update might appear by end of July, but as time is short, this update might actually appear later.
21st April 2018 - an update
1
The scans of maps we share are often used in research papers, internet, or exhibitions. Once in a while though, you can come across something... unorthodox, such as this application, found in the Infobox, Gdynia, Poland, by Łukasz Kaczmarek of Pracownia 63A design studio).

New items:
- from the collection of Mr Ryszard Hubisz: a very large town plan of Kiew (this time, of German origin, dated 1943). It is a secret (geheim) variant of the "Sonderausgabe" of the plan we  already have, but the "secret" variant comes with "enhanced" information, showing additional buildings, detailed railway infrastructure, etc.
- from the vast collection of the Library of Congress: approx. 500 sheets of the Soviet 1:25,000 maps dated 1939 - 1940. They are re-scaled and unrevised reprints of earlier, Tsarist maps, both half-versts (1:21,000) and verst (1:42,000) editions from the turn of 19th and 20th century. Exact survey dates can be found in top-left corner and this is how the situation on actual sheets should be dated. The map series covers a large part of the pre-WW2 area of Eastern Poland (so-called "Kresy", borderlands), but also Lithuania, and parts of East Prussia.
Since the set in the Library of Congress is the largest collection of these particular maps we are aware of, we do not expect to be able to fill in the gaps any time soon. That said, within the next two months, we will be able to add a relatively large number of sheet to the German, WW1 set of 1:25,000 maps which cover the same area (and are based on the same original maps) and extend both east and westwards.

The next update can be expected in May.
1st April 2018 - map update
1 The 1st April (no joke! ;), some maps from our own collection - German 1:200,000 (incomplete) series of:
- Trkei
- Ruland (Kaukasus)
- Ruland (Kaukasus) - joint editions (Zusammendruecke). Please note, these are large files!
- Ruland (Turkestan)

From the Library of Congress, approx. 20 administrative maps of the Soviet Union (Verwaltungskarten der UdSSR) dates 1939 - 1943

Another update can be expected in approx. 2 - 3 weeks.
28th March 2018 - map update
1 New mapping material from the Library of Congress.

1. Rather detailed German military brochures grouped under the "H.Dv.g 40" (Heeres-Druckvorschriften, geheim), and a full title of "Mil-geo Einzelangaben für die Trupperführung zum Einheitsblatt...". The publications contain military and geographic description of terrain for each of the German, joint edition, 1:100,000 maps, called "Einheitsblatt" (or "Grossblatt") for the purpose of "troop-leading". Each booklet also includes a set of 1 - 3 maps. The main sheet is the "enhanced" edition of the Einheitsblatt, accompanied by other maps, usually printed on the reverse. They provide an overview of local power grid, gas, soil types, telecom networks and town plans, often simplified).
We managed to scan several dozen maps and some 12 publications, most of which cover the area of what was, prior to WW2, eastern provinces of 3rd Reich, and what is now western Poland. Because processing multi-scan publications takes much longer than maps, we have made available, for now, all map sheets (other maps for the given sheets are available as their attachments). We have also processed, as a pdf file (75 Mb), a sample mil-geo description of sheet 30a (Einheitsblatt 30a, H.Dv.g 40/30a) from the area of (pre-WW2) "Ostpreussen" i.e.Rastenburg - Ltzen - Arys, currently Kętrzyn - Giżycko - Orzysz. By the next few months we will have processed publications for the Einheitsblatt sheet No 53, 54, 55, 66, 67, 71, 78, 79, 142, 149 and 156. Mil-geo description of other sheets, made available today, can be expected no sooner than next year.

2. Also, from the collection of the Library of Congress, several town plans, unfortunately, some are photostat copies, so quality isn't brilliant, but as they cover smaller towns, they provide useful information.

3. We have added one Soviet town plan of Kiev, courtesy of Mr Ryszard Hubisz. Although it is called "schematic" (simplified), it is, in fact, a well-drawn and reasonably detailed plan, in Ukrainian, made around 1935. Its reliability (accuracy) can be verified against German, WW2 town plans of Kiev from 1941 and 1943 available here.
15th March 2018 - map update
15.03.2018_update In another round of (spring) cleaning, we have added over 300 maps coming from various university collections, Library of Congress, as well as our own. Majority of scans show small and mid-scale maps which often cover vast areas. Please note: as the original maps are usually very large sheets of paper, 400 and 600 dpi jpg scans often reach and exceed 100 Mb. Therefore, it is not recommended to try to open files in web browsers, as they are not optimized to handle high-resolution, large files, and often come up with a message that this or that image can not be opened, as it "contains errors". This is  usually not the case; we recommend that you download the files (right-click with the mouse and "Save as..."), and open them with your preferred graphics software (irfanview, photoshop, windows photo viewer, etc.)
Also, an update that was missed previously, in January, we added a smaller map series:
Another update can be expected in about one week.
31st December 2017 - Old / New Year map update
1 Courtesy of the Bell State University library, we have been able to add some 40 town plans of France (mainly by OSS) to our collection of AMS and GSGS town plans of France.
From our own collection and that of the Department of Geography, University of Łdź, Poland, a few dozen small-scale (German) maps of Europe and Middle East. PLEASE NOTE! As the original maps are often very large sheets of paper, scans can easily reach. 100 Mb, even in jpg format.
Also from our own collection, there are approx. 40 editions of a German 1:500,000 map (Vogels Karte von Mitteleuropa).

Work on the updated translation of "Literature" page is in progress and we still expect to finish by end of this year!

Next update can be expected next year (in a few days)
27th December 2017 - literature update
New literature in Polish, German and English is available, but it will take some time to translate explanatory notes into English. Hence, as a temporary measure, new literature can be accessed via the Polish-language page. All new files are marked in red. Please note the pdf files can, and do - in some cases - exceed 100 Mb. We expect to make the updated EN literature page available by the end of this year.
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.

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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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