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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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14th February 2017 - map update
A set of German WW2 maps - Russland 1:100 000, has received an update with some 180 new sheets which come from our own collection. The map series was produced in 1940 - 1942 and covers the area of of pre-WW2 Poland. The source material used by the Germans for this map series was rather... wide (from 1:50,000 maps right up to maps in 1:400,000 scale), so accuracy might be questionable. The full range of sources can be observed on this German index sheet.
Please note, some maps are very large, consequently some jpg files can be up to 90 Mb each!
25th January 2017 - map update
We have added approx. 180 sheets of an Amarican map of Poland and East Prussia, scale 1:50,000. (AMS M751 and M752), this time from our own collection. The sheets are dated 1953 - 1970, but they're based on Polish, Soviet and German maps printed by1945, with an occassional update, e.g. for railway lines. Current coverage, i.e. all available sheets, can be seen on this index sheet.
Other maps:
Two interesting maps of Poland:
A new item from the literature section: courtesy of Mr Ryszard Hubisz we scanned a German publication dated late 1939: "Statistiches Gemeindeverzeichnis bisherigen polnischen Staates..." (pdf, approx. 170 MB!).
Its full title: "Statistical catalogue of ethnic communities in the former Polish state, as per the demarkation line between German-Soviet state interests established on 28th September 1939"
A fairly substantial publication, approx. 240 pages long (with three maps). The bulk contains detailed tables on ethnic groups living across Poland. The book was published by Publikationsstelle Berlin-Dahlem, some information on their history can be found - in German - in wikipedia, and more details in two books:
M. Burleigh "Germany turns eastwards. A study of Ostforschung in the Third Reich",
and
I. Haar & M Fahlbusch "German Scholars and Ethnic Cleansing, 1919-1945"
15th January 2017 - map update
We have added approx. 90 sheets of the American 1:25,000 map of Poland (AMS M851), mainly from Mazowsze and some sheets from around the town of Grodno, this time the originals come from our own resources. The maps are a post-WW2 copy of a German Topographische Karte (Messtischblatt), originally 1942 - 1944, hence some sheet titles are in German, e.g. Sudauen, etc.
For missing sheets, you can look up the index sheet with original German Topographische Karte.
5th January 2017 - map update
With support from the Uniwersytet A. Mickiewicza, Poznan, and Uniwersytet Śląski, we have managed to scan a large number of maps, to be made available over the next two months. First a new batch of German 1:300,000 (joint) maps of Eastern Europe, mainly USSR, dated 1941 - 1944, and several sheets of the German (joint) 1:100,000 map (Grossblatt). Kolejna aktualizacja za kilka dni.
27th December - post-Christmas update
With permission and great support of the Central Military Library in Warsaw, we scanned over 50 rare maps, including:
1.    Several 1:75,000 pantograph sheets used to create WIG 1:100,000 maps,
2.    Several 1:25,000 WIG maps, both Polish and German editions,
3.    A few older 1:25,000 maps by WIG from 1920s
4.    Several sheets of the German 1:25,000 topographic map (Messtischblatt)
5.     One of the very first maps of the Rembertw training ground (1:25,000), dated 1922,

From the collection of the Wydział Nauk Geograficznych Uniwersytetu Łdzkiego comes a large (200 Mb), file, which is an of the Generalgouvernment, published in 1941 by Publikationsstelle Berlin-Dahlem.
17 December 2016 - map update
Courtesy Mr Peter Mackovčinovi we have received over 100 maps from the following series:
- as well as several sheets of two nationality maps series, based on earlier, Austro-Hungarian 1:200,000 map:
From the library of the Geography Department, Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan, Poland, comes an interesting 1935 publication (in Polish) on Bereza Kartuska: "Bereza Kartuska, wybrane rozdziały z antropogeografiji miasteczka" - as well as three small town-plans.
21st November 2016 - map udpate
From the collection of the Geography Department, Uniwersytet Łdzki, Poland, we have added:
-    over 100 German 1:300,000 maps, mainly sheets from Eastern and Central Europe,
-    some twenty joint (x6) editions of the same map, dated mainly 1941-1942,
-    approx. twenty German small-scale maps of Europe and Middle East (1:1 milion) and a few sheets, the same scale, showing the territory of "Greater Reich",
From the collection of the Geography Department, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany:
- 37 sheets of a German 1:84,000 map of Transcaucasia, a copy of a Russian Imperial map in the same scale (2-verst map)
- 67 sheets of a German 1:25,000 "Karte der Dobrudscha" (1917), a re-scaled copy of Romanian 1:100,000
And 163 sheets of the original Romanian 1:100,000 map from the online eHarta (geo-spacial.org) project

19th October 2016 - a new update
1 From the collection of the Biblioteka Wydzia?u Nauk Geograficznych Uniwersytetu ?dzkiego, 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 (Truppenbungsplatz Warthelager), dated approx. 1941 - 1942.
12th October 2016 - map update
With permission and great help from the library of the Geography Department, Uniwersytet ?dzki, 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, Pozna?, 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.
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02/25/2017 11:49
Dzień dobry Marek. Czy Archive mają żadnych mapy przedstawiając
e lokalizację Ossadas w staropolskim Kressy (sprzed wojny)? Dziękuję, Julian.

10/19/2015 09:35
Привет! Некоторые
карты по этому адресу не открывают
ся http://igrek.amzp.
pl/maplist.php?cat
=GERSOV100Kx2&listt
ype=standard&listso
rt=sortoption1

06/30/2015 08:10
Hello ! For me very bad English - excuse me. I ask, if possible, to give the maps of Red Army of маштабом 500 and 250 meters of square of M-36 on a web-site. Now on these maps in Ukraine do

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

01/16/2015 18:50
Подарок для поляков: https://yadi.sk/d/
hlNPi3e8e33sE http://forum.violi
ty.com/viewtopic.p
hp?t=1271989&sid=0c
3ce039aebd4f8f3e60
6866cbaea819

01/16/2015 18:37
I want to locate the Cadastral maps of the Austria Hungary administration of the area south and east of Kracow. Any sources?

01/09/2015 21:08
Hi, I want to donate to mapywig 3 scanned WWII German maps from the Osteuropa 300K series (actually 3 Zusammenfassungen with 4 maps each). Is there a contact e-mail address?

12/01/2014 14:38
p.s. red icons = very large files, i.e. 30 - 100 Mb.

12/01/2014 14:36
Certainly! All maps around "Bochnia" can be searched via mapster search feature: http://igrek.amzp.
pl/result.php?cmd=
pt&locsys=1&uni=-705
156&box=0.0001&hidee
mpty=on

11/30/2014 22:03
I downloaded this file http://www.mapywig
.org/m/K.u.K._maps
/series/075K/600dp
i/ZONE_6_COL_XXIII
_BOCHNIA_und_CZCHO
W_1899.jpg . Now I cannot find it to give to a friend of mine in England. Can you hel