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30th September - Mapster update
Approximately 150 town plans have been added, most of them from Central and Eastern Europe, but quite a few from other areas, e.g. the Balkans, UK, France, Germany and Italy.

As usual, new scans have been highted in the lists
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.

New maps:
- some 20 – 30 sheets of WIG 1:25,000 map, both Polish pre-war and German war-time variants. Resolution and quality not that great but will need to do until we source original maps from another location.
- 12 sheets of the older WIG 1:25,000 editions from south-east Poland (Bieszczady). These maps are reprints of earlier, Austro-Hungarian 1:25,000 maps.

10th September 2014 - Mapster update

From our US friends from the easteurotopo.org project, and courtesy of the Library of Congress, we have received approx. 140 sheets of the Russian (and Soviet) 3-verst maps (1:126 000), approx. 250 sheets of the German, WW1 variant, and and a few sheets of this map type published in 1920 and 1921 by WIG, at that time under the name of Instytut Wojskowo-Geograficzny (Military-Geographic Institute).All variants (Russian / Soviet, German, Polish and Austro-Hungarian), are available through the map index sheet, and through the Mapster place-name search engine.

We 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 Western Poland. 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. "...err.jpg". If at all possible, at some point we will try to re-scan these sheets or obtain the scans from other sources.

17th August 2014 - Russian maps update
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.
5th July 2014 - Mapster update
Problems with Mapster index sheets have now been fixed.
We have added up to 50 sheets of the Austrian (KuK) "Operationskarte" 1:400,000. The 300 dpi sheets come from a digital library of the Polish Academy of Science, those at 400 dpi are from private collectors and, through help of  easteurotopo.org site, from the Library of Congress.
We have also added a few town plans: Köslin (Koszalin), Belgard (Bialogard), Sopot – all in the Pomorze (Pommern) area of Poland, Kostrzyn (Küstrin), and Klaipeda (Memel). More (many more) town plans will be made available after summer.
16th June 2014 - Mapster index sheets temporarily unavailable
We would like to apologize that Mapster index sheets are temporarily not accessible. The problem should be fixed by tomorrow morning. In the meantime, all files are available through lists (categories) of maps.
23rd May 2014 - map update
We have separated older editions of WIG 1:25,000 maps, which are divided according to the original materials (German, Austrian and Russian). These older sheets from 1920s can be found on a separate index sheet. We have added 6 new sheets of the older, and 14 sheets of the new (1930s') edition. All new scans at 600 dpi. A few dozens older type sheets from the area of former Austrian "partition" should become available by mid-summer.
Courtesy of Katedr Geologii i Geografii, Uniwersytet A. Mickiewicza Poznan, Poland, we have received  28 sheets of a German 1:25,00 soil / land valuation map dated 1940 - 1944. These maps are based on Polish 1:25,000 (WIG) maps, German Topographische Karte (Messtischblatt) and Russian verst maps. We might be able to add a larger number of sheets of this map type by end of this year.
There's been an update to the page with index sheets of WIG maps.
Semi-related news (for those with a passion for scanning large maps on a small-format scanner): Panavue, a long-standing software provider for stiching photographs (and maps) are closing down by September 2014. In the meantime they have made their flagship (enterprise) stitching software available for free. On their home page you will find a link to the download page. Installation is fast and painless, no strings attached, e.g. giving up personal data, registration, etc. Software can be installed in either English or French language version. While the interface is a bit dated, and the stiching does not always provide perfect results, this is still one of the best programs of this type available (no, they didn't pay us to say that).
28th April 2014 - Mapster update
Courtesy of the Library of Congress, through hard work of volunteers from the easteurotopo.org site, we have been able to add 280 sheets of the Russian (and Soviet) 2-verst maps (1:84,000), mainly from the territory of Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine. All sheets 600 dpi, majority dated 1922 - 1934. Several sheets available in two different editions (updates are visible on some of them). All new sheets have been marked in green ("new").
19th April 2014 - an update
67 new items in the “Literature” section. Please note some are VERY large pdf files.
10th March 2014 - an interesting website
We received a tip from one of our users about a site, and if you are interested in the history of Austro-Hungary, or Galicja / Galicia, it is definitely worth taking a look!
23 February 2014 - map update
New maps have been added in several categories:
1.    Some 100 sheets of German maps - Russland 1:100,000, from WW2, single, dual and quad-sheets. Unfortunately some of them, due to their size, did not get scanned as well as they should have (those with filename including “err”) – and these will get scanned again. Please note sheet “Shisdra” (Шиздра) of the Befestigungskarte type, from Belarus, with red overprints showing field fortifactions.
2.    Around 100 German, WW1 re-made Russian maps in the 1:126,000 scale (so-called 3-verst maps)
3.    Several sheets of the Russian WW1 re-drawn Austrian 1:75,000 scale maps of Galicia. The sheet of Tarnopol might be of particular interest due to the red-overprints to update the information on the map as of 1916.
4.    A few interesting maps by WIG, unfortunately very poor resolution, from two digital libraries: Centralna Biblioteka Wojskowa files can be seen HERE, and those from the library of the Polish Academy of Sciences are HERE.
5.    Approx. 10 copies and re-drawn copies of a Russian 3-verst (1:126,000) map by the Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny, dated early 1920s.
6.    Two original 1:126,000 maps.
7.   We keep adding and sorting new, single map and town plan scans from various sources - all files added within the last 30 days are marked in green as “New”. They have appeared in the following categories:
- Topographic and tourist maps (Polish)
- General, small scale maps (Polish)
Guidebooks (Polish)
Town plans of Central Europe

If you prefer the English version of the pages linked above, see a set of three flags at the top of each page in Mapster, where you can change language to EN or DE.
Please note: we are aware that resolution of some maps scans, particularly sourced at digital libraries, is... underwhelming. We do keep track of such items and when the same map or town plan appears elsewhere, or when we have a chance to scan it at better resolution - we do, and such poor quality scans will be replaced.
31 December 2013 - Mapster update

The final update for A.D. 2013: about 40 new maps and town plans have been made available in Mapster. Because the files are of various map types, a list of links can be viewed at the following page: Happy browsing in 2014!



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12/04/2017 15:22
peut-on obtenir la carte dtaille de la frontire Est suite au trait de Brest-litovsk ? merci d'avance

09/10/2017 04:54
Can I get some guidance on the projection that WIG cartographers used on the 1 to 100,000 maps?

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
Подарок для поляков: https://yadi.sk/d/
hlNPi3e8e33sE http://forum.violi