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22th February - mapster update
We would like to introduce, with some
delay, new maps:
- from cartographic collections in New Zealand, 42 sheets of W.I.G. 1:100,000 tactical map, 600
dpi. They are black-and-white reproductions of original maps evacuated
from Poland to the West in September 1939. Reproductions were issued in
1942 by the Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny based, by that time, in
This edition is nearly identical to the original, pre-WW2 edition,
although different reproduction technology was used, and some older
sheets, originally from 1920s, were given WIG grid lines. It is worth
paying attention to the original publication dated at the centre of the
bottom margin as, in some cases, reproductions are based on later
editions than the maps available in our main index sheet.
- courtesy of biblioteki Wells Library Map Collections,
Indiana University, some 750 sheets of a 1:50,000 Soviet map
(600 dpi) have been added. The sheets partly coincide with the earlier
scans obtained from the German University of Greifswald, but quite a
large number of sheets complement the coverage.
- courtesy of The Library of Congress, with
help from our partners at easteurotopo.org, we have
received a new batch of 3-verst maps, of which a majority are Russian and Soviet originals,
and the rest are German reproductions from WW1.
- several new town plans from the Library of Congress, mainly covering European part of Russia,
including some post-WW2, town plans of Moscow, Leningrad, Odessa,
possibly produced by the CIA, and one, interesting war-time, German plan of a Ukrainian city of Stalino,
currently well-known under a different name of Donetsk.
We have added some 160
town plans from the digital library of the University of Wroclaw.
Unfortunately, as most digital libraries do not provide direct access
to scanned material (jpg), instead embaring on a convoluted on-line
viewing options (java, zoomify, etc), we are unable to determine the
resolution of scanned images, consequently this information is not
available in the file metadata, displaying, instead, resolution of 75
dpi or 96 dpi. We have been informed that they were scanned in a range
of resolutions ranging from 300 to 600 dpi.
The easiest way to find out which plans are new, is to visit the lists,
rather than index sheets of Mapster, as all new material is labelled
accordingly (in green):
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.