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6th January 2015 - Russian and Soviet maps update
Over 70 new Russian and
Soviet maps have been added from the map collection of Geography Department of the
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. There are some
40 sheets of the one-verst map (1:42,000)
and several sheets of the two-verst map (1:84,000),
as well as several sheets of the Soviet
1:25,000 map. Please note that while the dating
is accurate, it refers to the date of print, but the map can display
information and situation several dozens years prior to that date! This
refers, in particular, to the one-verst sheets covering the (then)
Polish eastern borderlands (Kresy), which are based on
Tsarist survey data, Polish 1:100,000 maps by W.I.G. and intelligence
reports, rather than, for obvious reasons, the latest field survey
We have added some 240
sheets of American
map "Poland 1:25,000” dated approx. 1953 - 1956 (newly added sheets can be found
on the map list). The maps are copies of a
German "Topograpische Karte”
(Messtischblatt) dated 1940 - 1944. The originals were a mixture of
contents - German survey updates conductd during WW2, pre-war Polish
maps, still earlier German 1:25,000 maps (Westl. Osteuropa) from WW1
which, in turn, were based on Russian maps (half-, one-, and
two-verst). The eastern coverage of the AMS map series can be found on
the two index sheets: Part 1 i Part 2.
With the new maps we have separated the AMS variants which are now
available through their own index sheet, combined: AMS M851 Poland,
M852 East Prussia and M841
A few dozen new town plans
from Mr Hubisz' collection have been added. Also, courtesy of the
Library of Congress, we have received three, very rare, German town
plans dated 1939, of Poznań, Wilno and Grodno.
They are the last three of the town plans included in the
"Military-geographic description of Poland" (Militärgeographische Beschreibung von
Polen) - a set of materials prepared in July 1939 for the upcoming
invasion of Poland (Fall Weiss).
There are some more maps covering out-of-the-usual (for us) areas: 95 joint
and 2 single sheets
of a German 1:100,000 map of Italy (1943 / 1944), as well as 8 sheets
of the same edition with fortifications overprints, so called "Befestigungskarten.
We should be able to add, probably in 2015, other maps of Italy, both
original, as well as British, Polish and American variants from WW2
(and slightly beyond). As no proper index sheets for the new maps have
been added yet, each list of maps above comes with an original, German
index sheet (or two) at the very bottom of the list. For the
single-sheet edition, you can access it here (Link)
and for the joint edition, here (Link No 1)
and here (Link No 2).
Please note that Link the file for Link No 2 is larger (10 MB) and will
take longer to download or display in the browser). Unfortunately we do
not have an original index sheet for the fortification variant of this
map, but at least two sheets show min-index sheets diplayed on their
We have added 72 sheets
of a Map of German Railways
(Eisenbahnkarte Deutschlands) dated 1937 – 1944.
The maps (more diagrams), cover Germany, Austria, and some parts of
Lithuania Poland and Czechoslovakia. The set is not complet, but we
will try to locate and scan missing sheets. As the maps don't come with
any grid lines, it will be harder to create proper index sheets, hence
they are available, temporarily, as a list.
Some higlights: detailed plans of Gibraltar, several German war-time
plans of British towns, detailed German plans of several towns in
Pommern (north-western Poland), and a copy, rather ugly, of a German
town plan of Marienbad - famous Czech resort of Mariánské Lázne - it
appears the copy was in use by some US troops (3rd Army?) which
reachead the western part of Czechoslovakia in April / May 1945.
We have also added two "zone maps" of Hanover and Dresden, which were
prepared for the carpet bombing raids in 1944 / 1945.
have also added about 55 sheets of the post-WW2, 1:50,000 map by the US
Army Map Service. Maps are dated 1950s - 1980s and the new sheets cover
One sheet from the East Prussia / Ostpreussen
(currently Kaliningrad Oblast of the Russian Federation),
several sheets from Czechoslovakia,
and two sheets from Hungary
(really, that's all we have at the moment!). Unfortunately most of the
scans suffers from imperfect scanner callibration. The issue can be
seen when the scan is at its 100% magnification, along one of the
margins. Files with such errors are marked appropriately, i.e.
If at all possible, at some point we will try to re-scan these sheets
or obtain the scans from other sources.
Up to 50 sheets of Russian 3-verst map (1:126,000)
have been added, courtesy of the digital library of the Jagiellonian
University, Krakow, and the Library of Congress. Also, after some
painstaking effort, it hs been possible to make those maps, as well as
the WW1 German variants,
available through index sheets; consequently, these maps are now easily
available through Mapster place-name search engine.
Several other index sheets have been created, including a mid-19th
century Polish "Mapa
Kwatermistrzostwa” (1:126,000) from the digital
archive of the National Library, Warsaw.
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
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).
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