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,
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
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
Index sheet (VERY large!) can be found HERE
A list of new sheets can be found HERE