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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
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.
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,
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
3. Several German 1:50,000 maps from
the Ukraine, based on Soviet originals (1943 and
4. Two Austro-Hungarian 1:75,000 maps (Steniatynand 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,
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.
Because there seems to
be no end to
new scans, we have decided on a (relatively low-scale)
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
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
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
expect to have any more sheets of this map type by the end of this year.
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
scans available in Mapster (600 dpi).
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
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.
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
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 theLibrary 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!
sheets of a WIG 1:100,000 series have been added, all 300 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
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
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
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.
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