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31 December 2012 - Old / New Year update
1 We have finally caught up with the Polish version of the website! And here are - somewhat overdue - Christmas presents received towards the end of this year:
A few interesting maps by WIG
1. Poligon Rembertów, 1:25,000, dated 1929 (Rembertow military training ground)
2. Three sheets of WIG 1:25,000 maps from the area of Kresy (Belarus and Ukraine):
P34 S38 G Kopciówka (near Grodno / Grodna)
- P47 S41 B Smordwa and
P47 S41 E Pełcza
3. MAPA SCHEMATYCZNA POLSKI Z GRANICAMI D.O.K. (1935 edition),  1:1 mln scale
- Full map, with hand-drawn add-ons on Poland's strategic industries, approx. 50 MB
- 2nd version of the above (map incomplete, but includes other hand-drawn information on industry)

Two town plans
- Plan Poznania, 1946, includig the reverse side (adverts and street names), sent in by one of our users
- an interesting German, WW2 plan, or - strictly speaking - a "Map of Radom and surroundings" dated 1944, scale 1:10,000, file size approx. 24 MB

Plus...
- Courtesy of Wydziałowe Archiwum Kartograficzne (Map Archive) of a Department of Geography and Geology, A. Mickiewicz University in Poland -  we are able to show the first batch (68 scans) of a German 1:25,000 photo-map (Bildplan). More sheets should be scanned  next year. The scans are available, temporarily (until they are moved to Mapster) - on this page.
- Promised Soviet 1:50,000 scans: something like 950 sheets - courtesy of University of Greifswald (plus about 50 of our own scans of the same map type). Please note - index sheet loads very, very slowly! - a "lighter" map list available here.
- One, rather rare, WW2 map of Sandomierz and surroundings, 1:50,000, dated 1944.
- A "Mapa Kościelna Galicji Wschodniej" (Parish map of East Galicia, scale 1:600 000)
- One, also rare, map, or perhaps a military drawing from the east front (WW1!), scale 1:10,000, Stara Dubrowa & Majdan. For those of you, curious where to find this place, we have been told it is east of Kovel, the Ukraine, and a larger map of this area (much less detailed, scale 1:100,000, by WIG) is Mielnica / Holoby (bottom-left section of the map).
See you next year!
24 December 2012 - Christmas update
We have added to Mapster the following scans: 83 sheets o German  1:100,000 map (Karte des westlichen Russlands) and 84 sheets of Austro-Hungarian 1:75,000 map (Spezialkarte). all files are available in 400 dpi and 600 dpi.
Some sheets present different editions of the maps already available, but others fill in the "blanks" of the index sheets.
Nearly all German editions, and about half of the Austrian maps come from the collection of the map division of the Library of Congress, and we have received them due to hard work at the library done by  people involved in  Topographic Maps of Eastern Europe project - thank you very much!
13 December 2012 - new maps (Mapster)
We would like to thank the University of Greifswald for a permission to display scans from their map collections via Mapster. We have currently added:
358 scans of Soviet maps, scale 1:100,000, from 1930s and 1940s,
and
25 sheets of a 1:1 M map in the International Map of the World system
All maps are available as 300 dpi scans. 
Please note: index sheet for the 1:100,000 maps covers a large section of Europe, so it takes a long time to load!
By the end of the year we should have added  a few dozen maps to the above map sets, this time from a private collection. Early next year we plan to populate the index sheet of the Soviet 1:50,000 map with approx. 900 scans from Greifswald, and add about 50 more sheets from private collection.
4 December 2012 - new maps
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166 sheets of a WIG 1:100,000 series have been added, all 300 dpi & 600 dpi (Mapster index sheet). These are older editions, dated 1920 – 1925, from private collection. Please note! - map sheets from the area of "Kresy" (Borderlands), approximately east of Pas 42, which cover the area of Russian 2-verst map (1:84 000) – do NOT exactly correspond to the later WIG editions, even though they might have the same sheet name - and the discrepancy grows the  further to the east a sheet is from the Pas 42. This WIG index sheet dated 1924 (approx. 8 MB) might help to see the issue clearly. Therefore, a list of WIG 1:100 000 maps has been split into the older editions and the newer ones. The sheets now added have been marked on this list,  available through Mapster.
Because the new sheets are based on Austrian German and Russian original maps, they might appear, at first sight, to be quite primitive. The most typical change is the updated place-names (in Polish) or Russian (Cyrillic) changed into Latin. That said,  some sheets are quite impressively redone such as a multi-colour Mir-Stołpce. These early editions, even though somewhat crude perhaps, are really valuable, as they show the area right after "Great War", as WW1 used to be known at that time. Moreover, sheets extending far into the territory of what would be the Soviet Union, mark the hamlets of Polish impoverished gentry (zaścianek, zaścianki), which disappeared from later map editions. For those familiar with Polish, the sheets offer a bewildering array of place-names which, although mostly of Polish origin, actually make no sense in contemporary Polish, and more akin to Jabberwocky, e.g. Dzirkal, Smacz, Czeremoszniki Podzisienne, Ażubel, Nunniki, Chrapunia, Ergał, Azopniki, Zaścianek Usoch (Zahibel), Uroczysko Baby-Woda, Uroczysko pod Winpiszczem, Folwark Stary Zamek-Birża, Dwór Smolgów or Błoto Lodowe Jezioro.
Two sheets of WIG 1:500,000 maps, sheets Przemyśl and Wiedeń (Vienna), have also been added, both in "temporary edition", dated summer 1939.
Another, minor update is 10 sheets of Russian 2-verst map (1:84,000) from Latvia, and one from the Ukraine (Zhytomir). A larger number of those maps can be expected next year.
29 October 2012 - an udate
We have added approx. 120 sheets of 1:25,000 maps covering mainly Western Poland and Mazowsze. The scans come courtesy of Wydział Geografii i Studiów Regionalnych Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego (Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw), and of private collectors. Most sheets are pre-WW2 editions, several are dated early 1950s (maps reprinted by W.Z.K. - Military Cartographic Works) and approx. 20 others are German editions from WW2. New maps have been marked on a list in Mapster and are also accessible via the usual index sheet.
7 September 2012 - update (Mapster)
  • Courtesy of a famous map collector, Mr David Rumsey (David Rumsay Map Collection), we have received permission to make available a full set of scans for a "flagship" Prussian map, Karte des Deutschen Reiches, in 1:100,000 scale. The sheets come from a rare, late 19th century edition of this map. The maps were professionally scanned and are available via Mapster in full resolution (600 dpi), in two variants - the original images, which show the sheets cut up and glued on a piece of cloth, as well as in a "composite" variant, where individual segments have been stitched in a graphic program. Please remember - the files are large (40 - 50 Mb), so the best way to get them is to right-click them with a mouse and "save as..." to your computer.
  • We have also received a permission from another US map collector, Mr Andrew Kapochunas (www.Lithuanianmaps.com) to show his collection of pre-1939 maps, Latvian 1:75,000 and Lithuanian 1:100,000 series. The scans are available in 300 dpi (resolution they were scanned at).
The above-mentioned maps are available on the same, non-commercial basis. We promise to forward inquiries related to potential commercial application. Alternatively, you can contact the owners directly, via web sitess mentioned above.
9 June 2012 - new maps
Just over 300 sheeets of German 1:25,000 Topographische Karte (Messtischblatt) have been added to Mapster. New sheets, marked "New" on this Mapster list, are mostly different editions of the maps already available but there are some sheets filling up the gaps too.
2 April 2012 - new maps
Courtesy of the University of Chicago Library, we have added approx. 390 sheets of a detailed W.I.G. map in 1:25,000 scale - both the list of new sheets and index sheet available in Mapster). The majority of new maps come from the area of "Kresy" (Borderlands) to the east of pre-WW2 Poland, and they are, predominantly, from 1930s. A couple of sheets are dated September 1939.
31 March 2012 - update(s)
The following map collections (links on the left) have been updated:
• Other Central European maps
• KUK (Austro-Hungarian) maps
• German maps - 1919
• German maps - 1919
• Town plans
As some files are very large (40 - 90 Mb), we would recommend to save them to the hard drive first (mouse right-click and "Save as...")
14 February 2012 - Significant Website Updates
We've applied some rather significant updates to the "machinery" that runs this site. This should make the site more secure and allow us to add new features. But, as usual, there is the chance of trouble. If you notice anything missing or not working, please notify us at email address given in the "Authors & Contact" page (link at left). We will do our best to fix the problem as quickly as possible.
1 September 2011 - map update
Today is 72th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 2. To coincide, we have added approximately 230 new sheets of 1:25,000 maps which cover west, central and south part of Poland, including the sheet we lacked previously (Westerplatte) and an older, 1926 colour edition of the Gdansk - Danzig sheet.
The new scans are the first batch of approx 1300 sheets scanned this summer which are due to be added to the collection over the next few months (next, larger batch, probably in October).
Most of the maps comes courtesy of Department of Geography, Teaching University in Krakow, Poland, who not only shared their map collection with us, but also provided substantial "logistics support" in scanning them.
New maps are available, for the time being, only via Mapster.
Unfortunately, the table (list) of 1:25,000 maps on our website is so long that the html editors we used can't cope with adding any more lines and we need to test new software, before the maps become available directly through our website. As usual, we would appreciate users' comments on any errors and problems with the new maps.
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06/08/2014 11:19
Thank you for pointing it out, the broken links have been fixed.

06/07/2014 12:39
A lot of the links on the German maps 1919-1945 page do not work.

10/17/2013 10:54
links to Russian and Soviet maps have been updated.

10/08/2013 10:52
thanks for the update, I have repaired all broken links now.

10/07/2013 14:23
Hi. Just pointing out that the Austo-Hungarian links are down again. Thanks for the great site.

09/15/2013 19:05
@StephanKlein: there were no "proper" 25K maps done in Poland (1920 - 1939) to cover Bolechow. More details in your inbox.

09/15/2013 15:01
How can I obtain a scan of a map that includes that town of Bolechow (coordinates are: Latitude 49.0669 degrees north, Longitude 23.8514 degrees east). I am looking for a map at 1:25,000 scale that s

09/10/2013 18:56
Hello !! I am a new member and interested in the Region of Chojnice/Konitz. Anyone here could help me in finding an address ? Thank you very much in advance...

07/15/2013 15:20
The Austro-Hungarian sub-page has been updated.

07/15/2013 09:32
Thanks for pointing it out, I'll be updating Austrian maps sub-page later today.