The information relates ONLY to the WIG maps in 1:100 000 scale:
If you need to download a large number of those maps (or all of them) we would appreciate if you could put it on hold for the next 24 hrs. It will take us that long to modify the existing jpg scans to make them open quicker (they're too memory-intensive, which most users have probably noticed, to say the least). If you need to download any of those files within the next 24 hrs and if the download fails, please try again in the next few minutes (approx 10 min).
Information for people who have already downloaded some or all 1:100 000 WIG maps: in the next 48 hrs we will provide a small zipped batch converter (plus instructions) on how to turn the jpgs files you already have got (progressive jpg) into a "normal" jpg. The resulting files will be about 10% larger, BUT less processor and memory intensive, in other words, they will open quicker.
We would like to apologize for this problem and we do hope the result will be satisfactory to all the people who have struggled with the last 3 batches of WIG maps posted since 24 December 2006.
We are very grateful to Jacek, who runs a friendly www.mapy.amzp.pl site for pointing out the problem and supplying the solution.
The last bulk pack (112 sheets) of 100K WIG tactical maps is available
now, temporarily on a separate page, HERE.
The rest of the 100K maps in their regular folder.
As usual, we would be grateful for any comments on broken file links,
mis-labeled sheets, poor quality, etc.
Since we now have almost complete coverage of the 100K sheets
( we are approximately 12 short), we will focus on: providing
more user-friendly map access, completing the 300K coverage
and getting more 25K maps.
We have added over 100 sheet in 100K scale (the usual folder). Plus
several new maps and city plans, temporarily only via Polish-language
page "Inne mapy":
24 January 2007: update:
"Other maps" link has been added to the panel on the left (below "Index
sheets" link). You can also go straight from here.
As promised, we have added new sheets (229) to the 1: 100 000 map section. It is almost a complete coverage of "Kresy", east of the present-day border of Poland (a few files will be added after New Year). Approximate size is 15Mb per file.
A request: with so many files, traffic generated is going to be high (hosting limitations!). We are pretty confident we will remain within our monthly quota, but we would like to ask you to download the files and view them on your computer later, rather than click on individual files and wait until the image shows on the screen (very unlikely to happen with older computers, as the files are 600 dpi). Every time you view a map this way - you are downloading, and it counts towards the quota. Bottom line is that you might be blocking access to the file for someone who hasn't downloaded yet and we want to distribute them as widely as possible.
This is a temporary request, just to survive a (potential) rush for the files. We will try to provide alternative download sources in the next few days and weeks. If you can not access a particular file and you are absolutely desperate to have it, please email us, there are ways to transfer individual sheets.
p.s. we have had reports from users struggling to open new files (large size, large resolution). Soon I will provide brief instructions in our forum on how to downsample and reduce size of the files.
1. We are still here, somewhat snowed under in the pre-Christmas madness. A forum has been opened, as the shoutbox is clearly too restrictive. Website soft (php fusion) default settings enforced a dual forum, for both Polish and English speakers (see the flag?). Obviously you're more likely to get a reply in English if you ask your question in the English-language forum, but this is NOT an absolute restriction. You can use any language in either forum, just bear in mind you might not get much feedback if you're the only German or Russian speaking site user, for example.
2. We will be adding a lot of new maps in the next few days, approximately by 24 December.
1. We have received 7 new maps in 1: 25
000 scale from Wileńszczyzna
(pre-war north-east of the country). They come from the 1920s and are
somewhat unusual (in colour).
2. We have added a few German large-format (Grossblatt) copies of 1: 100
maps, two of the three sheets added (Mińsk i Samochwałowicze) show the
area east of the pre-war Poland.
Please note these sheets have been scanned bit by bit, as they are
fairly large, and then joined together, so the results are far from
We decided to make them available nevertheless, as they show
interesting areas. In a few months' time we will replace them
proper scans from a large format scanner.
We have received permission from the owners of the The
Museum of Family History website to publish over 30 WIG 100K
map files. Since they were originally scanned on a flatbed A4 scanner
and then joined together they are, at times, imperfect. However they
present interesting areas of east and north-eastern pre-WW2 Poland. One
of the sheets is the original (Grodno Zach) copy (until now we have
only had a black-and-white war-time German copy.
The maps, marked in red, can be downloaded or viewed in the Maps 1:100
3. A new Literature
section has been added. Most books are of limited use if you don't read
Polish, but some files are useful nevertheless.
4. If you
have ANY questions, comments, problems, please either use the
shoutbox on the right (if you are a registered user) or
Please include a word WIG
anywhere in the subject of your message so that we can filter out spam.