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23rd May 2014 - map update
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).
If you prefer the English version of the pages linked above, see a set of
three flags at the top of each page in Mapster, where you can change
language to EN or DE.
Please note: we are aware that resolution of some maps scans,
particularly sourced at digital libraries, is... underwhelming. We do
keep track of such items and when the same map or town plan appears
elsewhere, or when we have a chance to scan it at better resolution -
we do, and such poor quality scans will be replaced.
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.
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