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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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5th July 2014 - Mapster update
Problems with Mapster index sheets have now been fixed.
We have added up to 50 sheets of the Austrian (KuK) "Operationskarte" 1:400,000. The 300 dpi sheets come from a digital library of the Polish Academy of Science, those at 400 dpi are from private collectors and, through help of  easteurotopo.org site, from the Library of Congress.
We have also added a few town plans: Köslin (Koszalin), Belgard (Bialogard), Sopot – all in the Pomorze (Pommern) area of Poland, Kostrzyn (Küstrin), and Klaipeda (Memel). More (many more) town plans will be made available after summer.
16th June 2014 - Mapster index sheets temporarily unavailable
We would like to apologize that Mapster index sheets are temporarily not accessible. The problem should be fixed by tomorrow morning. In the meantime, all files are available through lists (categories) of maps.
23rd May 2014 - map update
We have separated older editions of WIG 1:25,000 maps, which are divided according to the original materials (German, Austrian and Russian). These older sheets from 1920s can be found on a separate index sheet. We have added 6 new sheets of the older, and 14 sheets of the new (1930s') edition. All new scans at 600 dpi. A few dozens older type sheets from the area of former Austrian "partition" should become available by mid-summer.
Courtesy of Katedr Geologii i Geografii, Uniwersytet A. Mickiewicza Poznan, Poland, we have received  28 sheets of a German 1:25,00 soil / land valuation map dated 1940 - 1944. These maps are based on Polish 1:25,000 (WIG) maps, German Topographische Karte (Messtischblatt) and Russian verst maps. We might be able to add a larger number of sheets of this map type by end of this year.
There's been an update to the page with index sheets of WIG maps.
Semi-related news (for those with a passion for scanning large maps on a small-format scanner): Panavue, a long-standing software provider for stiching photographs (and maps) are closing down by September 2014. In the meantime they have made their flagship (enterprise) stitching software available for free. On their home page you will find a link to the download page. Installation is fast and painless, no strings attached, e.g. giving up personal data, registration, etc. Software can be installed in either English or French language version. While the interface is a bit dated, and the stiching does not always provide perfect results, this is still one of the best programs of this type available (no, they didn't pay us to say that).
28th April 2014 - Mapster update
Courtesy of the Library of Congress, through hard work of volunteers from the easteurotopo.org site, we have been able to add 280 sheets of the Russian (and Soviet) 2-verst maps (1:84,000), mainly from the territory of Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine. All sheets 600 dpi, majority dated 1922 - 1934. Several sheets available in two different editions (updates are visible on some of them). All new sheets have been marked in green ("new").
19th April 2014 - an update
67 new items in the “Literature” section. Please note some are VERY large pdf files.
10th March 2014 - an interesting website
We received a tip from one of our users about a site, and if you are interested in the history of Austro-Hungary, or Galicja / Galicia, it is definitely worth taking a look!
23 February 2014 - map update
New maps have been added in several categories:
1.    Some 100 sheets of German maps - Russland 1:100,000, from WW2, single, dual and quad-sheets. Unfortunately some of them, due to their size, did not get scanned as well as they should have (those with filename including “err”) – and these will get scanned again. Please note sheet “Shisdra” (Шиздра) of the Befestigungskarte type, from Belarus, with red overprints showing field fortifactions.
2.    Around 100 German, WW1 re-made Russian maps in the 1:126,000 scale (so-called 3-verst maps)
3.    Several sheets of the Russian WW1 re-drawn Austrian 1:75,000 scale maps of Galicia. The sheet of Tarnopol might be of particular interest due to the red-overprints to update the information on the map as of 1916.
4.    A few interesting maps by WIG, unfortunately very poor resolution, from two digital libraries: Centralna Biblioteka Wojskowa files can be seen HERE, and those from the library of the Polish Academy of Sciences are HERE.
5.    Approx. 10 copies and re-drawn copies of a Russian 3-verst (1:126,000) map by the Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny, dated early 1920s.
6.    Two original 1:126,000 maps.
7.   We keep adding and sorting new, single map and town plan scans from various sources - all files added within the last 30 days are marked in green as “New”. They have appeared in the following categories:
- Topographic and tourist maps (Polish)
- General, small scale maps (Polish)
Guidebooks (Polish)
Town plans of Central Europe

If you prefer the English version of the pages linked above, see a set of three flags at the top of each page in Mapster, where you can change language to EN or DE.
Please note: we are aware that resolution of some maps scans, particularly sourced at digital libraries, is... underwhelming. We do keep track of such items and when the same map or town plan appears elsewhere, or when we have a chance to scan it at better resolution - we do, and such poor quality scans will be replaced.
31 December 2013 - Mapster update

The final update for A.D. 2013: about 40 new maps and town plans have been made available in Mapster. Because the files are of various map types, a list of links can be viewed at the following page: Happy browsing in 2014!

2 December 2013 - Mapster update
We have added approx. 110 sheets from the German editions of 1:500,000 maps across the whole of Europe, courtesy of L'Université Paris 8, France.
We have also received some town plans from Pomorze (Ger. Pommern), e.g. Świnoujście (Swinemünde), Kołobrzeg (Kolberg) and Słupsk (Stolp), as well as a few small plans from a rather peculiar publication - a (tourist) guidebook to the German-occupied Poland ( (Baedekers Generalgouvernement, published 1943): Warszawa, Kraków, Radom and Lwów. The guidebook will be made available in a week or so.
A few new sheets of the Grossblatt / Einheitsblatt series: No 3 (Danish-German border), No 4 (Labiau, Ostpreussen, currently Kaliningrad Oblast of the Russian Federation), and No 363a - Kołki nad Stwigą. Where is, or rather was the village of Kołki? Well, you can find some hints in interesting canoeing trip reports (here and here) from a few years ago. While they are in Polish, you might try Google translate on them, you never know what you might get!
28 November 2013 - map update
All broken links on page with irregular WIG maps have been fixed. We have also added 5 new maps.
The following 27 regular WIG 1:100,000 maps have been added:
Łowicz, Warszawa Południe, Tymbark-Rabka, Tiegenort, Osieki, Malbork, Elbląg, Sztum, Grajewo, Callies, Nibork, Łeba, Swarzewo, Ujście (Ustka), Lębork, Wejherowo, Puck, Braniewo, Słupsk, Lupowo, Szarkowszczyzna, Miadzioł, Dokszyce, Wołma, Krzywicze and Kamieniec-Podolski (x 2).
They are older editions of the sheets we already have, from early 1920s. Usually they are re-printed or re-worked older maps (German, Austrian and Russian), nevertheless they are very interesting, as they might contain information no longer provided on later editions, such as the "zaścianki", small settlements of Polish impoverished gentry in the east of Poland. Also the Łowicz sheet, dated 1924, is pretty good-looking.

Mapster update:
Several dozens of Russian and Soviet maps have been added:
- 3 x 1:42,000 map (one-verst)
- 17 sheets of the Soviet 1:50,000 map, dated 1942 - 1944, mainly from central and north-east Poland.
- a few overdue 2-verst maps (1:84,000) from the collection of the University of Warsaw, Poland.
- 1 x 1:100,000 sheet from the area of Czechoslovakia (Brno).
- 2 sheets of 3-verst map (1:126,000) – very pretty, older editions, probably from approx. 1860, both 600 dpi.
- 2 sheets of the 1:200,000 maps (Ostrołęka and Johannisburg)
- a few maps in 1:500,000 and 1:1,000,000 scale.
- one, but very interesting Russian topographic map of Novye Selo, dated probably 18th or 19th century. Currently the metropolitan area of St. Petersburg, but at that time, rather famous summer resort - and more. Some information can be had in wikipedia. And a German air photo at wwwii-photos-maps.com

Also, three town-plans:
Silva: Stadtplan Berlin, probably dated 1941 – 1944
Glogau (Głogów), undated, 1:10,000.
Bahnhof Ratomka – German, WW1 topographic sketch, scale 1:5,000. The area is a few miles north-east of Minsk, Belarus.

Next update - literature - probably in a week or two. Publications mainly in German and Polish. After that we should be able to re-focus on the German WW2 maps of the Soviet Union (Russlan 1:50,000 and 1:100,000)


20th November 2013 - map update
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About 90 new maps of various types and scales:

* 23 of Polish pre-WW2, war-time (i.e. German) and post-war (Polish again), 1:25 000 map:
Odolanów, Jędrzejów, Krotoszyn, Kłobuck, Koniecpol, Bieruń Stary, Lubstów, Grodziec koło Konina, Wąsosz, Szwelice, Satory, Srebrna, Płońsk, Ober Opinoberg, Neustadt, Gonsozin, Sochotschin, Marzenin, Bełchatów, Dsersonsa.
German, WW2 variants are as follows: Mlozk, Lubranitz, Kowal i Wyszków (ten ostatni już mamy, teraz lepszy skan).

* 16 sheets of Messtischblatt (Topographische Karte), scale 1:25, 000, mainly Polish-Czechoslovak border area:
Hultchin, Olsztyn (not Allenstein! ;), Bludowitz, Heerwagen, Libau (x 2), Ujsoly, Golleschau, Reichwaldau, Freistadt (Olsa), Gross-Sopotnia, Bielany, Brenna, Czarnocin, Koenigsberg

* Some 45 sheets of German 1:300,000 (Ubersichtkarte von Mitteleuropa). Editions dated 1900 - 1944, from all over Europe (from France to Finland)

* 12 sheets of German 1:1,000 000 map dated 1930s - 1944.

More maps to follow in a few days.
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06/08/2014 11:19
Thank you for pointing it out, the broken links have been fixed.

06/07/2014 12:39
A lot of the links on the German maps 1919-1945 page do not work.

10/17/2013 10:54
links to Russian and Soviet maps have been updated.

10/08/2013 10:52
thanks for the update, I have repaired all broken links now.

10/07/2013 14:23
Hi. Just pointing out that the Austo-Hungarian links are down again. Thanks for the great site.

09/15/2013 19:05
@StephanKlein: there were no "proper" 25K maps done in Poland (1920 - 1939) to cover Bolechow. More details in your inbox.

09/15/2013 15:01
How can I obtain a scan of a map that includes that town of Bolechow (coordinates are: Latitude 49.0669 degrees north, Longitude 23.8514 degrees east). I am looking for a map at 1:25,000 scale that s

09/10/2013 18:56
Hello !! I am a new member and interested in the Region of Chojnice/Konitz. Anyone here could help me in finding an address ? Thank you very much in advance...

07/15/2013 15:20
The Austro-Hungarian sub-page has been updated.

07/15/2013 09:32
Thanks for pointing it out, I'll be updating Austrian maps sub-page later today.