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18th October 2013 - workshops in Lviv, Ukraine
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.
18 August 2013 - Mapster updates
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 mid-next year.
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.    Some 45 sheets of the German 1:500,000, WW2 edition, mainly USSR, Central and South-Central Europe, 400 dpi.
23 July 2013 - updates
We have failed to note an important event: on 13th June this year, Col Robert Bauer defended his PhD thesis on the "Transformation method for points in a non-uniform triangulation network into the uniform coordination system" (in Polish), which allows accurate callibration of maps, including those by WIG, for navigational (gps) purposes. Congratulations!

Because we’re rather busy at work, we’ve had to re-schedule map updates. This time, we have added about 40 sheets to the German, WW1, 1:100,000 map of western Russia (Karte des westlichen Russlands): H18, K28, K37, L25, O14, O16 - O18, O35, P17, P19, P31, P32, P35 - P38, Q11, Q14 - Q16, Q36 - Q38, R36, R37, R40, S36, S38, S41, T35 - T37, T39 - T41, U35 - U38, U40 i U41.
Some of them are different editions, e.g. 1914 and 1915, although no apparent updates are visible. Most of them are courtesy of the University of Berkeley library, and the Library of Congress, due to the efforts of our collegues from www.easteurotopo.org, for which we are very grateful indeed. Other sheets have been provided by private collectors.

Additionally, three German 1:100,000 (Grossblatt) sheets have been added: No 37, 67 and 317.

19 June - overdue update
We have overlooked a rather important Mapster update, which happened at the end of May this year: courtesy of the Institute for Geography and Geology of the University of Greifswald, Germany, we have received a permission to scan and make available, some 106 sheets of the Soviet maps of Volhynia (Wołyn), dated 1939, scale 1:25,000, which are a re-scaled Russian-Imperial half-verst maps (1:21,000). Three more sheets of the same map type have been received from the. Kolejne trzy arkusze uzyskaliśmy ze zbiorów Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland (where almost 100 sheets of this map type is identical to the Greifswald collection).
All sheets of this map type, present and past, have been scanned in 400 dpi (there is an error in Mapster, quoting "600 dpi", this will be fixed as soon as possible).
The current set of maps complements (although we're far from having a full set) of a similar collection, which we had received earlier from the library of the University of Chicago. We do not expect to receive any more sheets of this type this year.
The next update should appear by the end of this week.
18 June 2012 - an update
1 A few dozen maps (various) have been added to Mapster:
1.    Several sheets of the Bildplan (sometimes "Bildskizze" or "Bildplanwerk", including one, unfortunately incomplete, but with a respectable resolution of 1200 dpi - south part of Poznan, in western Poland.
2.   A few Messtischblatt (Topographische Karte) sheets in 1:25,000,  600 dpi, rather than the usual 400 dpi: Lewin Brzeski, Ostatni Grosz, Breslau-Lissa, Popław, Kostrzyn and Lendzin. The last two sheets are particularly interesting: the Küstrin sheet is one of the "Geheim" (secret) sheets, showing the fortifications in and around the town, which were erased from other, civilian editions. Lendzin sheet has some hand-drawn and planned route of a "Reichautobahn” on a short stretch between "Gleiwitz" and "Krakau", and another planned road (north-south) towards a "planned airport".
3.    Several German 1:50,000 maps from the Ukraine, based on Soviet originals (1943 and 1944).
4.    Two Austro-Hungarian 1:75,000 maps (Steniatyn and Kamień Koszyrski), in 600 and 400 dpidpi. The quality of print is poor, it's probably a field edition dated 1916, but both sheets contain, if you look closely enough, field narrow gauge, WW1 railways, which are not marked on any later maps of that area.
5.    A few Polish 1:25,000 maps by WIG (Raszyn, Warszawa Praga, Mokotów, Wola). They do not fill up any gaps in the coverage for us, but are interesting, pre-WW2 editions nevertheless. One of them, (Lubotyń Stary) contains an interesting set of stamps and signatures on the reverse, whil Tarnawa and Kolbuszowa are pre-production sheets including hand-made corrections, later added to the print run korekcyjne. Also interesting, is a German edition of a sheet Majdan pod Kolbuszową, probably dated 1944. It was made from some original Polish survey material by WIG, and it also includes military and other installations and structures added by the Germans (large training groud in the area). Some of those updates are rather... obvious, but others, less visible.

We have also managed to bring under (some) control the sub-page on mapywig.org with German maps dated 1919 - 1945. Now we will do the same with the German maps dated - 1919. The changes are simplification of the layout were necessary, as adding new scans to the ever growing lists of maps and updating old sheets takes an awful amount of time, which could be used, instead to tidy up the site and add new materials. And yes, there is plenty of new material, which should start appearing by end of this week.
5 May 2013 - an update
Because there seems to be no end to new scans, we have decided on a (relatively low-scale)  reshuffle of some maps available via sub-pages. For this reason, some files, such as German maps, will not be available for the next several days, although they might be already accessible via pull-down manu on Mapster. Please bear with us, what comes out should be a little bit more organized than what came in!
In the meantime, we have also added 34 new sheets of a German 1:800 000 map (this type, was replaced in mid-1920s, by the 1:500,000 and 1: 1 mln scale maps), plus 13 new scans of  German 1:25,000 photomaps (Bildplan). This means the source of those maps at the Poznan university is almost dry (a couple of scans will be added soon). Other sheets, approx 1,500 + will need to be acquired from other sources, which is difficult. We do not expect to have any more sheets of this map type by the end of this year.
22 April 2013 - general update
1 A lot of (relatively) smaller updates:
- a new index sheet in Mapster, for German 1:25,000 maps of Central / East Europe from the times of WW1. Currently comfortably occupied by approximately 18 sheets. Great start, another 1000 - 2000 sheets, and we should have a fairly decent coverage.
- Austro-Hungarian maps: we have added the missing sheets of the 1:115,000 maps of Galizien und Lodomerien from mid-19th century, and a full set of (approx. 30 sheets) of an earlier (end of 18th / beginning of 19th century), of a so-called "Map by Liesganik", scale 1:288,000. We have also added several sheets of Austro-Hungarian 1:25,000 from the area of "Lesser Poland" (Malopolska), west and east of Krakow (not the city itself). All those maps available, for now, on the Austro-Hungarian sub-page, while the Austro-Hungarian 1:300,000 sheets have been "outsourced" to Mapster.
- Thanks to the help we got from the friends in Prague, we received over 20 sheets of Grossblatt maps (German 1:100,000), mainly from Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Austria, as well as one, probably last edition of Grossblatt 69a Leslau, dated January 1945, from Poland
- A few dozen of Bildplan and Bildskizze (German air-photo maps), scale 1:25,000 at 600 dpi have been added. Despite their fairly reasonable file size (approx. 20 - 26 Mb), they're at 600 dpi resolution, so try NOT to open them in the browser, download the scans to the computer first. These maps have been divided in Mapster into three separate index sheets to match their numbering:
as per Messtischblatt sheet lines
as per WIG 1:25,000 sheet lines
as per 1/4 of WIG 1:100,000 maps (This edition is probably dated 1939).
- We have received a German index sheet of Polish 1:25,000 WIG "maps, suitable for directing artillery fire". For the current day purposes... let's just say they show "new editions" of WIG maps.
- ... and it was printed on the reverse of a WIG 1:25,000 sheet, Pas 45 Słup 42 E Deraźne, from 1938 (24 MB, 600 dpi)
Several Messtischblatt (Topographische Karte) sheets from Poland (3176, 3183, 3193, 27107) and Czechoslovakia (6570, 6645, 6764, 6765, 6863, 6865, 6869, 6870, 6871, 6968, 6969, 6970)
- and last, but not least, a very unusual map, scale 1:25,000, courtesy of Mr Alexandr Koroliov, Pas 37 Słup 40 D Różana (300 dpi, approx. 6.1 MB). A file definitely worth seeing...
18th March 2013 - maps update
1 We have received a nice present - 37 scans, i.e. a full set of Mapa Administracyjna Polski (Administrative Map of Poland) dated 1937, which is based on earlier W.I.G. 1:300,000 maps. The sheets show administrative borders and locations of local authorities in pre-WW2 Poland. All scans available in Mapster (600 dpi).
6 March 2013 - maps update
6 sheets of WIG 1:25,000 maps have been added:

1 sheet in 1:500,000 scale (Kopenhaga / Kopenhagen)

There has also been an update of Russian and Soviet maps:
-    Several sheets in 1:25,000, from south-east Poland / Czechoslovakia, and north-east Poland (Kresy)
-    Approx. 70 new sheets in 1:50,000, from south-east Poland / Czechoslovakia, dated 1944/45
-    Approx. 30 sheets in 1:100,000, same area, some dated 1940, the rest 1944/45
-    Several sheets of Soviet 1:200,000 maps, in a 4-sheet joint variant, south Poland and Czechoslovakia
-    Several sheets in Russian (Imperial) scales, 1 x 1-verst map (1:42,000), Łuniniec (Luninets), two sheets of a 2-verst map (1:84,000) Berdychiv (Berdyczów) and Skvyra, 10 sheets of a 3-verst map (1:126,000), of which 8 sheets cover central-east Poland, and two show the coast of the Black Sea (Odesa).

P.S. one sheet of Soviet 1:100,000 maps (Johannisburg), which shows the (pre-WW2) border area between Poland and East Prussia, comes with hand-added arrows and circles in red and blue, pointing to several villages, while the reverse of the map comes with a scribbled, terse note in Polish: "relatives of the captives - to be expelled"
27 January 2013 - maps update
18 sheets of WIG 1:100,000 maps have been added. They include older variants, from 1920s, from the area of Kresy, and newer editions. from 1930. All sheets available in 300 dpi and 600 dpi. New maps have been marked with a green "New" bubble on the lists.
We have also added approx. 30 scans (600 dpi), to the collection of German air photo maps (Bildplan edition) courtesy of archiwum Wydziału Geologii i Geografii UAM in Poznan, Poland. Majority of those sheets have already been made available in 400 dpi, but this wasn't good enough, so all will have been re-scanned at 600 dpi. We expect around 170 – 180 sheets (in total) from the same source, but please bear with us, as scanning might take some time, perhaps another 2 - 3 months.
Courtesy of the University of Chicago Library we are able to show 230 scans of the Red Army General Staff maps of Eastern Poland, dated 1939, scale 1:25,000. The maps cover the area of Polish Wołyn (Volhynia) and they were produced, probably, in preparation of the "liberation" of the area in late 1939. The maps are a slight re-scale job of the tsarist, topography survey sheets, so-called half-verst maps (1:21,000), with no evidence of updating. Therefore, it should be assumed they are accurate as per the date shown in the top-left corner, i.e. approx. 1885 – 1905. These maps are rather important, as, in many cases, they are the only detailed map of a given area until, at least 1940.
We don't know the total number of sheets produced in this "block", there could be, up to 600 sheets printed in 1939. Another set of scans, around 100 strong, could become available in the next 2 months.
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

- 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!


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04/02/2017 23:15

03/17/2017 11:34
@JMisiewicz I tried to send an e-mail, but got an auto-response: "The e-mail address you entered couldn't be found" If you want to get in touch, please use e-mail (see left)

03/16/2017 18:10
I think we need to drill into this... Please check for my e-mail in your inbox! Smile

03/09/2017 16:41
Hello Marek. I am referring to the Ossada settlements created by Marshal Pilsudski in the Kresy after the 1920 Polish-Soviet war. I am hoping that there exists a map showing the location of these Ossa

03/02/2017 17:27
"Ossadas" is a very generic name (settlements), likewise "Kresy" which stretch from current Lithuania down to Ukraine. Anything more specific?

02/25/2017 11:49
Dzień dobry Marek. Czy Archive mają żadnych mapy przedstawiając
e lokalizację Ossadas w staropolskim Kressy (sprzed wojny)? Dziękuję, Julian.

01/17/2015 05:29
Спасибо! (я ответил по электронн
ой почте). m.z.

01/16/2015 18:50
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01/16/2015 18:37
I want to locate the Cadastral maps of the Austria Hungary administration of the area south and east of Kracow. Any sources?

01/09/2015 21:08
Hi, I want to donate to mapywig 3 scanned WWII German maps from the Osteuropa 300K series (actually 3 Zusammenfassungen with 4 maps each). Is there a contact e-mail address?