Sorry to say, this web site has been unavailable intermittently in the past several days. Our hosting service told us this was due to a problem (unspecified) that might take them several days to fix. As of today, the site seems OK, and we hope this is the end of the difficulties.
April came somewhat earlier, as we have now added new German maps covering the period by the (approximately) end of WW1. "Karte des westlichen Russlands” has been covered already, now other maps types, several sheets of the 1:300,000 (Übersichtskarte von Mitteleuropa) map, 2 x 1:25,000 showing the current Polish-Belarussian border areas, and approx. 130 sheets of Reymanns Special-Karte (of Central Europe), by the Glogau publisher, Flamming, dated by 1875. Two missing sheets (Posen and Meseritz) will be scanned in summer.
We have completed work on the latest batch of the KdwR (Karte des westlichen Russlands), which cover the area of Central and Eastern Poland, as well as the Baltics, parts of Balarus and the Ukraine. We are still missing over 100 sheets (a full set is approx 480 sheets) and we will be trying to locate them. Some of the missing sheets will be available as part of joined sheets, please note, they are large files though, approx. 40 - 70 Mb.
Within a couple of days we will also add about 10 - 20 maps showing the border area between (then) Germany and Russia.
And, from now on, the KdwR sheets will be available via mapster only (with appropriate link from our sub-pages, of course. The reason is simple, it takes a lot of time to add new scans, manually, to our table, and this time can be better spent working on other maps which we will show in April.
Today for something completely different: due to the recent invasion of spambots registering on the site "en masse", and then spamming left right and centre, we have temporarily changed registration rules for new users, who, for the time being, will have to be approved by admins, until we prepare a more permanent solution. We would like to apologise for any potential delays as this temporary measure is implemented. In the meantime, please note that ALL maps are available for download without registration.
Another small, but welcome update. We have, yet again, courtesy of the Brightam Young University Library, received a number of interesting scans. This time, mainly, but not exclusively, a near-complete set of WIG 1:500,000 maps, both pre-WW2 and WW2 editions. We have also got some town plans and other maps, including 1:25,000, which are always in short supply.
Mapster: index sheets are being updated, first the WIG 1:100,000 maps, to be followed by Messtischblatt with several sheets showing the area of north-east (pre-WW2) Poland (soon).
Town plans need to wait their turn, but the WIG 1:25,000 maps are available already in Mapster:
3 February 2011 - Newly added Austro-Hungarian maps
We have a pleasure to inform you, that we have just published a large
number of old Austro-Hungarian map sheets, on our sub-site "KuK
(austro-hungarian) maps" Link
1) "Administrativ Karte von den Königreichen Galizien und Lodomerien"
by von Kummerer - 37 sheets added;
2) "Specialkarte" that is the Austro-Hungarian topographical map 1:75,000
- 90 sheets added;
3) "Generalkarte von Mitteleuropa" 1:200,000 - - 1 sheet added;
4) "Generalkarte von Central-Europa" 1:300,000 - 1 sheet added;
5) "A general map of the Austrian Imperator's state with a large part of
the neighbouring countries“ („Generalkarte des österreichischen
Kaiserstaates mit einem großen Theile der angränzenden Länder“) of
1856–1859, by Josef Scheda, scale 1:576,000 - NEWLY ADDED, full set of 20 sheets;
6) Maps - schemes of the triangulation network of Austro-Hungary - 3
A small update: 44 remaining German map, 1:200,000 (Topografische Übersichtskarte des Deutsches) and one Grossblatt 403, showing the area east of Prag, a very interesting, late (March 1945) edition.
German 200K maps are of two type, one is in colour, "For internal use only", and shows (at that time mostly unpaved) airfields, unfortunately poor quality of print makes these maps hard to read. The other type, 3-colour edition, is much cleaner and more legible, but might not include certain elements "for internal use".
In many cases we have both sheet types for the same area, so you're welcome to compare them.
New maps: over 300 sheets of German maps of various scales, almost all dated 1919 - 1945. Approx. 90 scanned sheets of a German Osteuropa 1:300,000 map received courtesy of the Cartographic Archive, Faculty of Geography & Geology of the University in Poznan, the rest of the maps come from our own collections.
Nearly all new 1:300,000 which "fit" into the Mapster active index sheet as well as most 1:100,000 maps (Grossblatt & Einheitsblatt type) are available through Mapster interface. Some sheets, particularly from the area of East Prussia (Ostpreussen) are hard to get, we used British (GSGS) photolitographic reproductions made in 1943 in place of originals. Unfortunately this made them even harder to read, so we scanned them in 300 dpi only. There was not point wasting time to scan them in high resolution, provide access to much larger files, only to find out that what you can see on the map is a much larger, dark blob. Naturally, when we come across the originals we will scan them in 400 dpi.
The next batch of files to become available in January 2011 are Austro-Hungarian maps, approx. 140 - 160 sheets of various scale. We will also try to squeeze in some 60 - 70 sheets of the German 1:200,000 sheets (Topographische Uebersichtkarte) which didn't make it to this update. We will then continue with German maps in the " - 1919" section, mainly with a large backlog of Karte des westlichen Russlands and Reymann maps. After that, plenty of town plans to add, as well as Allied mapping (AMS and GSGS), some new WIG maps, also a few new Russian and Soviet maps and plenty of literature.
We have received, courtesy of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, over 70 sheets of WIG 1:100,000 map, mainly from the the east and north east of (pre-world war 2) Poland. You will find both new sheets for us, showing territory of the Soviet Union and Lithuania, and other editions of the sheets we already have. We can expect to receive, in the future, another 100 - 120 sheets of such editions, although no earlier than the first quarter of next year. In the meantime we need to go back to other maps, we should be able to add some new 1:25,000 and 1:300,000 WIG maps soon, followed by German and American maps.
Messtischblatt maps (mapster): We have added another 70 + scans, although only a few filled in "gaps" in the coverage, the rest are other editions of what is already available. We have approx. 70 more "other editions" to scan, but this will be done no earlier than the spring of next year. Around that time we will also, having added all the other overdue maps to the site, speak to the university of Torun library about scanning their collection.