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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 October 2016 - a new update
1 From the collection of the Biblioteka Wydziału Nauk Geograficznych Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego, we have added some 180 sheets of the German 1:25,000 map (Topographische Karte / Messtischblatt) and approx. 180 sheets of the joint 1:100,000 edition (Grossblatt, Einheitsblatt).
With the update we have filled some blank spaces in the index sheets, and elsewhere, added new editions to the once already available, to provide a "denser" coverage over a span of several years.
We have also added two irregular 1:25,000 sheets:
- northern part of the Stadkreis Gotenhafen (Gdynia, Baltic Coast) dated 1942,
- a map of a military training ground Biedrusko, north of Poznan (Truppenübungsplatz Warthelager), dated approx. 1941 - 1942.
12th October 2016 - map update
With permission and great help from the library of the Geography Department, Uniwersytet Łódzki, Poland, we have managed to scan a large number of interesting maps, many of which could not be found elsewhere. The first batch includes WIG maps (1:25,000) scale:
- 197 sheets published by WIG (1930 - 1939) & 132 German sheets published by Reichsamt fuer Landesaufnahme and Kriegskarten und Vermessungsamts (1939 – 1945)
- Two older sheets from 1920s in different numbering system (Obóz Raducz) & Opalenie (Rejon Wisła), as well as Sheet No 5 (Rejon Pomorze, Miechowo) from the collection of the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland.

The next larger update to this map series can be expected by mid-2017.

From the same collection a few interesting town plans:
- Posen (including street names on the reverse), Petrikau (Piotrków Trybunalski) & Tomaschow (Tomaszów Mazowiecki) – all of them are German plans dated 1944,
- Karthaus (Kartuzy) – unfortunately only one of the unknown number of very detailed (1:2,500) plan produced by the Hauptvermessungsabteilung XV (Danzig) in 1942.

- We have added another batch of approx. 200 maps to the previously released German 1:25,000 maps from WW1 which come from the Geography Department of the Humboldt University, Berlin. Although the numbering system is different, the maps are based on the same Russian 1:21,000 - 1:84,000 maps. Please note that some sheets come with two editions with the same date, yet with different level of detail - one edition is based on 1:84,00 2-verst map, while the next one based on the 1:42,000 (one-verst) map.

There is also something we overlooked to mention, i.e. at the beginning of September we added a large number of Romanian maps from geo-spacial.org project:
- 1:20 000,
- 1:100 000,
If you are looking for other editions of the 1:100,000 maps, some might be found among WW2 British copies of the same series (GSGS 4417 Romania 1:100,00) from the collection of McMaster University, Canada.
27th September 2016 - map update
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, XXX-17-B.
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 Belarus.
Index sheet available HERE
A list of new sheets available HERE

Last but not least, an update to a large set of Austro-Hungarian maps (Spezialkarte 1:75,000). We have added, from the digital collection of the New York Public Library, and the National and University Library of Slovenia, approx. 1700 sheets of the Spezialkarte.
Index sheet (VERY large!) can be found HERE
A list of new sheets can be found HERE
6th July 2016 - Europe, Europe...
Today the last batch of maps unrelated to Poland and Eastern Europe:
- several sheets of a German map (Kingdom of Greece), 1:300,000, dating to the back of 19th. century
- 74 sheets of a German map of Greece, 1:100,000, WW2 edition
- 28 sheets of a German Karte von Belgien, 1:100,000 – nominally dated 1940, but in reality unchanged edition going back to 1918.
- 75 sheets of a British GSGS 3982 "Europe 1:250 000 (Air)"

We are not planning large updates of map series related to Western Europe in the nearest future.
26th June 2016 - new maps added (Italy)
We have added new allied maps from Western and South Europe, mainly from the collection of McMaster University w Ontario, and University of Texas (as well as our own):

- 1:50,000 (GSGS 4229 Italy 1:50,000), approx. 20 sheets
- 1:100,000 (GSGS 4164 and AMS M681), approx. 550 sheets, ed. 1943 - 1955
- 1: 200,000 (AMS M592), road map of Italy, 5 sheets
- 1:250,000 (GSGS 4230), approx. 100 sheets
- 1:250,000 (GSGS 4346), approx. 100 sheets
12th June 2016 - new maps added
Some new maps from our own collections have been added:
- several sheets of the German Uebersichtskarte von Mitteleuropa (1:300,000), mainly Western Europe (France and Holland),
- a few large sheets (but small scale) German maps, Mediterranean and Black Sea.
- approx. 20 sheets of the German 1:200,000 map - "Volkstumskarte von Jugoslawien und Ungarn" (the series is incomplete, there is a slim chance we might get some extra sheets by the end of this year)
- approx. 100 sheets of the Geman 1:25,000 map of Jugoslavia. As this map type isn't widely available, we do not expect to improve the current coverage any time soon
- approx. 20 sheets of the German map of Bulgaria, 1:100,000,
- 9 sheets of a German 1:25,000 map of Bulgaria.
As the German maps of Bulgaria are quite rare, we don't expect to see gaps filled any time soon.

- (literature): conventional signs on post-WW2 Polish topographic maps, scale 1:5,000 and 1:10,000. 2nd edition,
- (literatura): a full version of the publication already available, "Reichsamt fuer Landesaufnahme und seine Kartenwerke", 1931. This time with all map inserts and photos.
- (literatura) – 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 (Deutsche Karte).
16th May - maps of Russia
We have made available two map sets from the collection of the Library of Congress: A few other maps:
11 May 2016 - an update

We have a „rollover” update for the last three batches of maps added over the last few weeks:

From our friends in the Czech Republic, we have received approx. 120 scans of the German 1:100,000 joint editions (Einheitsblatt / Grossblatt), which helps us fill in the gap, mainly in the coverage of pre-WW2 Germany, but also in the Baltics.

From the collection of the National Library of Australia, and McMaster University, Ontario, there are some 150 sheets of the 1:100,000 British map of Yugoslavia (GSGS 4396) dated, mostly, 1943.

4 sheets of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and adjacent countries, scale 1:1,000 000, dated 1930s.

10 sheets of a US, 1:25 000 maps dated 1944 from the coast of Yugoslavia (currently south Croatia)

A British 1:100,000 map of Homolje (eastern Serbia) dated 1943.

Also from the collection of the McMaster University, there are approx. 30 sheets of the 1:250,000 British map of Yugoslavia (GSGS 4413), and from a private collection, around 30 AMS maps from the turn of this century, 1:50,000 scale, showing the territory of (former) Yugoslavia and Albania.

Also from the MacMaster University, we have added sheets of a British, WW2 copy of pre-war German Grossblatt / Einheitsblatt maps, 1:100,000 scale (GSGS 4081).

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 categories:

- Mapy topograficzne i turystyczne inne (polskie) [Polish topo and tourist maps]
- Mapy ogólne, średnio i małoskalowe (polskie) [Polish general, small-scale maps]
- Mapy topograficzne i turystyczne inne (niemieckie) [German topo and tourist maps]
- Mapy ogólne, średnio i małoskalowe (niemieckie) [German general and small-scale maps]
- Mapy ogólne, średnio i małoskalowe (niemieckie) - III Rzesza i II WŚ [German general and small-scale maps, 3rd Reich]
- Mapy topograficzne i turystyczne (czeskie/słowackie) [Czechoslovak topo and tourist maps]

Also from the same university collection, we have several sheets of the German 1:25,000 maps based on pre-war Polish maps by WIG of the same scale

Finally, from the collection of Mr Hubisz, two town plans, a resort of Szczawnica, and a plan of Wilno/Wilna.
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

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.


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06/30/2015 08:10
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01/16/2015 18:37
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01/09/2015 21:08
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