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31 December 2013 - Mapster update
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!
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
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
from a few years ago. While they are in Polish, you might try Google
translate on them, you never know what you might get!
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:
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
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
On 7th and 8th November
(in 3 weeks' time), there's a 2-day workshop organized in Lviv,
Ukraine. The subject is "The Digital and the Visual: New
Approaches to Urban Studies Research of East Central Europe”.
Detailed programmed available in
this pdf (in English). Workshops will be held in English and Ukrainian.
Access is free of charge, but you need to register your interest in the
e-mail address provided in the abovementioned pdf - by 20th October. Ref. "how to get there":for UK, best access
is via cheap (aka "budget") airlines, which fly to Krakow and Rzeszow,
and other airlines connect from Western Europe to Krakow. From there
on, you can take a train or a coach to Lviv. If you drive across the
border in your own, or rented vehicle, you can expect to be held up for
many hours on your return journey though.
This time a somewhat
bigger Mapster update:
1. some 330
sheets of the Russian 1:84,000 map (2-verst), of which
approx. 200 come from the University of Warsaw, and some 120 from the
Library of Congress. Most maps are dated 1914 - 1917, while
several dozens are later, 1920s reprints, some with stamps of the
original "Archiwum Map W.I.G." A few more sheets might become available
in the autumn, but next large update can be expected no earlier than
2. Around 20
sheets of Russian and Soviet 1:42,000 map (1-verst), mainly
from north-western Belarus. Some sheets are incomplete, they will be
re-scanned and updated in the autumn. In a few days, a couple of extra,
joint sheets (x4) of a WW1 edition of this map will become available.
3. Through kind support from Mr Jean-Luc
Arnauda of CNRS, we have received permission from Université
Paris 8 to add to Mapster approx. 290 sheets of the German
1:300,000 Osteuropa map (300 dpi). They are, very well scanned and
hard to get, first editions from 1942/1943 and provide coverage well
east of Moscow, reaching, in the south-east, to Kazakhstan. We have
also added, courtesy of our Czech friends, some 50 other sheets of this
map type, mainly Central Europe (400 dpi). They include some very
interesting military-geographical (Mil-Geo) editions with overprints
and extended description on the front and back of each sheet. Three
maps show the area of Pripet river (Pripetgebiet), a few others come
from a large set on the accessibility of the Carpathian Mountains
(Durchgängigkeit Karpaten), and a single sheet is T50 Tarnopol, with
extra information and town plans of Czortkow and Tarnopol on the
reverse. Some of the 1:300,000 sheets are very late editions (January -
April 1945), e.g. Breslau, Berlin, and one irregular sheet of a
„Strassenkarte” marked as Geheim (Secret) dated for 30th April 1945. It
shows the area south-west of the Czech town Ústí nad Labem). All
sheets available via Mapster index (please note - VERY LARGE index
sheet - takes a long time to load!) 4.
45 sheets of the German 1:500,000, WW2 edition, mainly USSR,
Central and South-Central Europe, 400 dpi.
We have overlooked a rather important Mapster update, which happened at
the end of May this year: courtesy of the Institute for Geography and
Geology of the University of Greifswald, Germany,
we have received a permission to scan and make available, some 106
sheets of the Soviet maps of Volhynia (Wołyn),
dated 1939, scale 1:25,000, which are a
re-scaled Russian-Imperial half-verst maps (1:21,000). Three more
sheets of the same map type have been received from the. Kolejne trzy
arkusze uzyskaliśmy ze zbiorów Faculty of Geography and Regional
Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland (where
almost 100 sheets of this map type is identical to the Greifswald
All sheets of this map type, present and past, have been scanned in 400
dpi (there is an error in Mapster, quoting "600 dpi", this will be
fixed as soon as possible).
The current set of maps complements (although we're far from having a
full set) of a similar collection, which we had received earlier from
the library of the University of Chicago. We do not expect to receive
any more sheets of this type this year.
The next update should appear by the end of this week.
A few dozen maps (various) have been added to Mapster:
1. Several sheets of the Bildplan
(sometimes "Bildskizze" or "Bildplanwerk", including one, unfortunately
incomplete, but with a respectable resolution of 1200 dpi - south
part of Poznan, in western Poland.
2. A few Messtischblatt (Topographische Karte)
sheets in 1:25,000,
600 dpi, rather than the usual 400 dpi: Lewin Brzeski,
The last two sheets are particularly interesting: the Küstrin sheet is
one of the "Geheim" (secret) sheets, showing the fortifications in and
around the town, which were erased from other, civilian
editions. Lendzin sheet has some hand-drawn and planned route
of a "Reichautobahn” on a short stretch between "Gleiwitz" and
"Krakau", and another planned road (north-south) towards a "planned
3. Several German 1:50,000 maps from
the Ukraine, based on Soviet originals (1943 and
4. Two Austro-Hungarian 1:75,000 maps (Steniatynand Kamień Koszyrski),
in 600 and 400 dpidpi. The quality of print is poor, it's probably a
field edition dated 1916, but both sheets contain, if you look closely
enough, field narrow gauge, WW1 railways, which are not marked on any
later maps of that area.
5. A few Polish 1:25,000 maps by
WIG (Raszyn, Warszawa Praga,
They do not fill up any gaps in the coverage for us, but are
interesting, pre-WW2 editions nevertheless. One of them, (Lubotyń Stary)
contains an interesting set of
stamps and signatures on the reverse, whil Tarnawa
and Kolbuszowa are
pre-production sheets including hand-made corrections, later added to
the print run korekcyjne. Also interesting, is a German edition of a
sheet Majdan pod Kolbuszową,
probably dated 1944. It was made from some original Polish survey
material by WIG, and it also includes military and other installations
and structures added by the Germans (large training groud in the area).
Some of those updates are rather... obvious, but others, less visible.
We have also managed to bring under (some) control the sub-page on
mapywig.org with German maps dated 1919 - 1945. Now we will do the same
with the German maps dated - 1919. The changes are simplification of
the layout were necessary, as adding new scans to the ever growing
lists of maps and updating old sheets takes an awful amount of time,
which could be used, instead to tidy up the site and add new materials.
And yes, there is plenty of new material, which should start appearing
by end of this week.
Because there seems to
be no end to
new scans, we have decided on a (relatively low-scale)
of some maps available via sub-pages. For this reason, some files, such
as German maps, will not be available for the next several days,
although they might be already accessible via pull-down
Mapster. Please bear with us, what comes out should be a
little bit more organized than what came in!
In the meantime, we have also added 34 new sheets of a German
1:800 000 map (this type, was replaced in
mid-1920s, by the 1:500,000 and 1: 1 mln scale maps), plus 13
new scans of German 1:25,000 photomaps
This means the source of those maps at the Poznan university is almost
dry (a couple of scans will be added soon). Other sheets, approx 1,500
+ will need to be acquired from other sources, which is difficult. We
expect to have any more sheets of this map type by the end of this year.