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A selection of documents, books, etc. from 1920s - 1940s, and more modern, in Polish and other languages. Please note that some German WW2 publications use Fraktura type (so-called Gothic font). 

last update: 17/03/2017

OCR'ed items are marked [OCR]

Publications in Polish
Items published by W.I.G. or in close involvement of W.I.G.

Mjr K.Jankowski RZUT I UKŁAD KARTOGRAFICZNY DLA POLSKICH MAP WOJSKOWYCH Z SIECIĄĄ KILOMETROWĄ (1925)
Publication from the Geology and Geography Department of the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland

Flagship pre-WW2 textbook on topography, recommended to this day (in Polish only). PDF approx. 280 MB.
J. KREUTZINGER Topografja. Pomiar i zdjęcia kraju, kartografia i wojskowe znaczenie terenu... (1928) [OCR]

A somewhat compressed version, approx. 90 MB:
+ J. KREUTZINGER Topografja. Pomiar i zdjęcia kraju, kartografia i wojskowe znaczenie terenu... (1928) [OCR]

More information on col. Kreutzinger can be found in an article by col. Sobczyński on www.geoforum.pl (in Polish)

• A publication by one of the more colourful figures in the Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny on "Map knowledge and military use of terrain". 1928,
[OCR]
Inż. Marjan Hełm-Pirgo „Kartoznawstwo i wojskowe wyzyskanie terenu” [66 MB]
Inż. Marjan Hełm-Pirgo „Kartoznawstwo i wojskowe wyzyskanie terenu” [37 MB]

• "Beginning of military cartography in inter-war Poland (1918 - 1920) by Inż. MARIAN HELM-PIRGO [OCR]
Inż. MARIAN HELM-PIRGO "POCZĄTKI KARTOGRAFII WOJSKOWEJ w POLSCE ODRODZONEJ (1918-1920)" [1.5 MB]
Inż. MARIAN HELM-PIRGO "POCZĄTKI KARTOGRAFII WOJSKOWEJ w POLSCE ODRODZONEJ (1918-1920)" [31 MB]

K. Stefczyk "Lithuania, military-geographical and statistical overview". Published in a military periodical Bellona, (XXXIV, 1929) 33 MB. Includes a very general map of Lithuania. The map will be also available, in higher resolution, as a separate item. [OCR].
K. Stefczyk Litwa. Szkic wojskowo-geograf. i statystyczny.

"Polesie, Military-Geographic Description and Terrain Analysis"
Courtesy of the digital library Podlaska Biblioteka Cyfrowa
J.NIEBRZYCKI POLESIE OPIS WOJSKOWO-GEOGRAFICZNY I STUDJUM TERENU, 1930 r. [ok 93.5 MB]
J. NIEBRZYCKI POLESIE OPIS WOJSKOWO-GEOGRAFICZNY I STUDJUM TERENU [smaller file, approx. 54 MB]


SKOROWIDZ MIEJSCOWOSCI na MAPIE RP 1:1 000 000 1935 (INDEX OF PLACE-NAMES ON THE MAP OF THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND 1:1,000,000). 4.2 MB [OCR]
(courtesy of a digital library of the Polish Academy of Sciences)

Topographic Instructions:


REGULAMIN TECHNICZNY BIURA KARTOGRAFICZNEGO WIG, 1926 (15.5 MB) [OCR]
Courtesy of the Centralna Biblioteka Wojskowa w Warszawie (Central Military Library)

“Core regulations on how to making military maps and military-geographic descriptions”. This is hand-written copy, dated probably 1946 - 1947, “produced” by an unknown Polish volunteer for the use by British Directorate of Military Survey. Original dated 1929 (PCK - thank you!)
Przepisy podstawowe o sporządzaniu map wojskowych i opisu wojskowo-geograficznego
[116 MB]


„PRZEPISY PODSTAWOWE O SPORZĄDZANIU MAP WOJSKOWYCH I OPISU WOJSKOWO-GEOGRAFICZNEGO”, 1929 r (original version)
[OCR] [21 MB, PDF]

• INSTRUKCJA TOPOGRAFICZNA CZĘŚĆ II TECHNICZNA (1925), 24 MB [OCR]
(courtesy of a digital library of the Polish Academy of Sciences)

• INSTRUKCJA TOPOGRAFICZNA W.I.G. CZEŚĆ III ZDJĘCIE STOLIKOWE 1936, [53.8 MB] [OCR]
Courtesy of the Centralna Biblioteka Wojskowa w Warszawie (Central Military Library)


• INSTRUKCJA TOPOGRAFICZNA WIG CZ. IV UNACZEŚNIANIE MAP
(1937), 10 MB [OCR]
(courtesy of a digital library of the Polish Academy of Sciences)

• INSTRUKCJA UŻYCIA WSPÓŁRZĘDNYCH PROSTOKĄTNYCH CZ. I ZACHÓD (1939)
16.5 MB (private collection) [
OCR]
We still don't know if the part II (West) of this publication was released by the outbreak of WW2 in 1939.


"How to use English maps"
H. Lach-Locki Posługiwanie się mapą angielską Skrypt (1941)
[OCR]

"Basic information on topography"
ZASADNICZE WIADOMOŚCI Z TOPOGRAFII (1942),
[OCR]

Index of place-names attached to the road map of Poland 1:1,000,000 (1947] [OCR]
INFORMATOR DO MAPY SAMOCHODOWEJ POLSKI 1: 1.000.000


TOPOGRAPHIC SYMBOLS (MAP READING)

A comprehensive and most complete set of topo symbols on WIG maps (mainly 1:25,000 and 1:100,000) can be found in a publication from 1931 further down this page (see: „Wzory i objaśnienia znaków topograficznych map…” Symbols used on earlier WIG maps (dated from 1920 - 1930) can be found in the two publications from 1922 below. Some Austrian, Russian and German map symbols can be found in the publication dated 1925 (below), and further information on how to read Austrian maps can be found (in Polish) in a publication dated 1912 below „Jak czytać austryackie mapy wojskowe” (How to read Austro-Hungarian military maps).

DOWÓDZTWO VI-ej ARMJI. BIURO KARTOGRAFICZNE.
OBJAŚNIENIA ZNAKÓW KONWENCJONALNYCH UŻYWANYCH NA MAPACH I SZKICACH POLSKICH W PODZIAŁKACH 1:75 000 I 1:200 000 (1920)


Znaki topograficzne map polskich 1:75 000 i 1:100 000 IWG, 1922, 16.5 MB (private collection) [OCR]

Znaki topograficzne map polskich 1:50 000 i 1:100 000 IWG, 1922, 16.5 MB (private collection) [OCR]

ZESTAWIENIE ZNAKÓW TOPOGRAFICZNYCH MAP AUSTRIACKICH NIEMIECKICH I ROSYJSKICH (Map symbols used on Austrian, German and Russian maps)
1925 r. 4.9 MB [OCR]
(courtesy of a digital library of the Polish Academy of Sciences)

• A popular and often re-published “Guidebook of topography for Non-commissioned officers”. This edition dated 1928.
Podręcznik terenoznawstwa dla podoficerów [38 MB]

Podręcznik terenoznawstwa dla podoficerów [115 MB]

A Key to Map Symbols for Austrian, Prussian and Russian maps
Klucz Znaków Przyjętych dla Map Austrjackich, Pruskich, Rosyjskich
[no publication date, 2.9 Mb]

Map topographic symbols (Polish, German, Russian and Austro-Hungarian maps)
Mj. St. Gasiewicz - Znaki topograficzne map (1930)

"Appearance and description of  topographic symbols in 1:10,000 and 1:25,000 scale on the map of Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny" 1931, 20 MB
WZORY I OBJAŚNIENIA ZNAKÓW TOPOGRAFICZNYCH MAP W SKALI 1:10 000 i 1:25 000 WOJSKOWEGO INSTYTUTU GEOGRAFICZNEGO
Courtesy of the Centralna Biblioteka Wojskowa w Warszawie (Central Military Library)

ZNAKI I OBJAŚNIENIA DO MAP 1:25 000 1:100 000 1:300 000, 1937 r (PDF, 4,9 Mb)
A short brochure including the main topographic symbols on various W.I.G.
Courtesy of the Centralna Biblioteka Wojskowa w Warszawie (Central Military Library)

Post-WW2 (1948) publication by the WIG Sztabu Generalnego on the Soviet map symbols
ZNAKI I OBJAŚNIENIA DO MAP ZSRR 1:25 000, 1:50 000, 1:100 000, 1:200 000, 1:500 000, 1:1 000 000
[16.9 MB]

ZNAKI I OBJAŚNIENIA DO MAP 1:25 000 1:100 000 1:300 000 (1948, WIG)

Topographic symbols for post-WW2 military maps of Poland (1:25,000 - 1:100,000, type 1951)
ZNAKI UMOWNE WZORY PISM I SKRÓTY DLA MAP TOPOGRAFICZNYCH W SKALI 1:25 000 1:50 000 1:100 000 (WZÓR 1951)

ZNAKI UMOWNE WZORY PISM I SKRÓTY DLA MAP TOPOGRAFICZNYCH W SKALI 1:25 000 1:50 000 1:100 000 (WZÓR 1951) (smaller file)


"Examples and explanation of Topographic Map Symbols used in 1:5,000 and 1:10,000 maps scales" (post-WW2 publication, 1962, ed. 2)
WZORY I OBJAŚNIENIA ZNAKÓW TOPOGRAFICZNYCH MAP W SKALI 1:10 000 i 1:5000.
[OCR]. Large file, approx. 85 MB
WZORY I OBJAŚNIENIA ZNAKÓW TOPOGRAFICZNYCH MAP W SKALI 1:10 000 i 1:5000.
[OCR] Small file, approx. 23 MB

map symbols used on Polish marine maps
ZNAKI KONWENCJONALNE I SKRÓTY STOSOWANE NA POLSKICH MAPACH MORSKICH
(1959)
ZNAKI KONWENCJONALNE I SKRÓTY STOSOWANE NA POLSKICH MAPACH MORSKICH
(smaller files)


Map catalogues of W.I.G.

An interesting 1927 catalogue of maps published and sold by WIG, particularly so as it covers earlier map editions, courtesy of a digital library Podlaska Biblioteka Cyfrowa
KATALOG MAP I INNYCH WYDAWNICTW WIG ZE SKOROWIDZAMI I WZORAMI [42.8 Mb]

Katalog Map WIG, 1934 [11.9 MB]

The last pre-WW2 map catalogue, dated 1938, [19.4 MB]
KATALOG MAP WIG
Courtesy of the Centralna Biblioteka Wojskowa w Warszawie (Central Military Library)

“Library of the Geographic Service” - a series of publications on geography and cartography related topics.
BIBLJOTEKA SŁUŻBY GEOGRAFICZNEJ

Vol. 5, How to represent terrain on maps, 1930. By kind permission of Zenon Kozieł, PhD, Director of the Department of Cartography, Remote Sensing and GIS of the Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland.
Tom 5 Bibljoteki Służby Geograficznej, „O sposobach przedstawiania terenu na mapach 40 MB, pdf

Vol. 9 “Quasi-stereophonic WIG projection”
BSG TOM 9 F.BIERNACKI J.SLOMCZYNSKI ODWZOROWANIE QUASI-STEREOGRAFICZNE WIG 1932
[large file 35 MB]
BSG TOM 9 F.BIERNACKI J.SLOMCZYNSKI ODWZOROWANIE QUASI-STEREOGRAFICZNE WIG 1932
[smaller file 16.5 MB]

Vol. 11
Tom 11 -  J. Slomczynski - UZGODNIENIE WYNIKOW TRIANGULACYJ NA OBSZARZE POLSKI
1933 [PDF, 7.3 MB]


Vol. 12 “Caucasus - Geographic & Descriptive Overview”
BSG TOM 12 KAUKAZ - SZKIC GEOGRAFICZNO-OPISOWY. WALERJAN TEWZADZE Warszawa 1933
[large version, 69 MB]

BSG TOM 12 KAUKAZ - SZKIC GEOGRAFICZNO-OPISOWY. WALERJAN TEWZADZE Warszawa 1933
[smaller version, 25 MB]

Vol. 18 “Transformation of geographical coordinates and limits of accuracy”. 1944. Includes a personal message from col. Plesner, one of the more known WIG officers.
BSG Nr 18 TRANSFORMACJA WSPÓŁRZĘDNYCH GEOGRAFICZNYCH I GRANICE DOKŁADNOŚCI Pplk Inz Wiktor Plesner, Edynburg 1944
[15 MB]

Vol. 19 "English-Polish dictionary of the Geographic Service", Edinburg, 1946. Probably the last volume in the “Library of the Geographic Service” series, even though the foreword suggests plans for at least one more publication.
Very good quality, [38 Mb]
Biblioteka Służby Geograficznej Nr 19 SŁOWNICTWO SŁUŻBY GEOGRAFICZNEJ ANGIELSKO-POLSKIE

Compressed version
[12.8 MB]
Biblioteka Służby Geograficznej Nr 19 SŁOWNICTWO SŁUŻBY GEOGRAFICZNEJ ANGIELSKO-POLSKIE


Wiadomości Służby Geograficznej i Wiadomości Służby Żeglarskiej (WSG) - "The Bulletin of the Geographic and Naval Service," quarterly co-published by WIG between 1927 and 1939, resumed in 1948, killled off in 1948.


Rocznik I (1927) - full 1927 Please note, large file! (427 MB)
Zeszyt 1/1927
Zeszyt 2/1927
Zeszyt 3/1927
Zeszyt 4/1927

Publication from the Geology and Geography Department of the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland, combined with a scan from the Chełmska Biblioteka Cyfrowa

Rocznik II (1928) -
full 1928 Please note, large file! (357 MB)
Zeszyt 1/2 1928

Zeszyt 3/4 1928

Publication from the Geology and Geography Department of the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland, combined with a scan from the Chełmska Biblioteka Cyfrowa
 
Rocznik III (1929) -
full 1929 Please note, large file! (130 MB)
Zeszyt 1/2 1929
Zeszyt 3/4 1929

Publication from the Geology and Geography Department of the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland, combined with a scan from the Chełmska Biblioteka Cyfrowa

Rocznik IV (1930) -
full 1930 Please note, large file! (130 MB)
Zeszyt 1
Zeszyt 2
Zeszyt 3
Zeszyt 4

Publikacje pochodzą z Biblioteki Wydziału Nauk Geograficznych i Geologicznych Uniwerstytetu im. A.Mickiewicza w Poznaniu, uzupełniona o materiały z Chełmskiej Biblioteki Cyfrowej

Rocznik IV (1931) -
full 1931 Please note, large file! (130 MB)
Zeszyt 1
Zeszyt 2
Zeszyt 3
Zeszyt 4

Publication from the Geology and Geography Department of the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland, combined with a scan from the Chełmska Biblioteka Cyfrowa

• Vol. 1, 1939
Zeszyt 1/1939 [20 MB]

Zeszyt 2/1948 - the last edition of teh Wiadomości Służby Geograficznej.
Publication from the Geology and Geography Department of the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland

An extract from the quarterly Wiadomosci Sluzby Geograficznej, on the International Cartographic Exhibition held in Warsaw, 1934. [38.5 MB]
Ppłk. J. LEWAKOWSKI MIEDZYNARODOWA WYSTAWA KARTOGRAFICZNA W WARSZAWIE-1934 ODBITKA Z
WIADOMOŚCI SŁUŻBY GEOGRAFICZNEJ” NO 1-2 / 1935
[Smaller file, 10.8 MB]
Ppłk. J. LEWAKOWSKI MIEDZYNARODOWA WYSTAWA KARTOGRAFICZNA W WARSZAWIE-1934 ODBITKA Z
WIADOMOŚCI SŁUŻBY GEOGRAFICZNEJ” NO 1-2 / 1935

Wiadomości Służby Geograficznej - vol 1/1948, [OCR]
Zeszyt 1/1948 83 MB
Zeszyt 1/1948 (smaller file) 24 MB
This volume includes a list of all articles in the pre-WW2 editions of the periodical.


"Catalogue of trigonometric points of Poland", a list of height points across Poland, tall buildings, church spires, peaks, with their lat/long position. Please note, this is NOT the same as list of all villages and towns in Poland! Publication date: 1932.
J. Michalowski, T. Sikorski Katalog punktów trygonometrycznych RP 1932

Terrain skills and map reading, 1931, [41 MB]
S. Gasiewicz. "Terenoznawstwo i kartoznawstwo"

KATALOG REPERÓW SIECI NIWELACYJNEJ m. st. WARSZAWY (1928)
Publication from the Mazowiecka Biblioteka Cyfrowa

“Catalogue of altitude pooints above the sea level in Amsterdam of the reference mark points in the primary triangulation net of Poland”. An interesting volume, first captured and used by German military cartographers, after WW2 seized by the British forces in the occupation zone of Germany and reused as a reference material. Please note: several pages at the end of the publication are probably missing.
KATALOG WYSOKOŚCI reperów polskiej podstawowej sieci niwelacyjnej (niwelacji precyzyjnej I-ego rzędu) nad poziomem morza w Amsterdamie.
[large file, 191 MB]

KATALOG WYSOKOŚCI reperów polskiej podstawowej sieci niwelacyjnej (niwelacji precyzyjnej I-ego rzędu) nad poziomem morza w Amsterdamie.
[smaller file, approx. 75 MB]


Other publications in Polish on cartography and related subjects.

Topographic Instructions for artillery use, p 1
INSTRUKCJA TOPOGRAFICZNA ARTYLERJI CZ. 1 (1931)
Publication from the Geology and Geography Department of the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland

Józef Chłopski TERENOZNAWSTWO (1912)
Józef Chłopski TERENOZNAWSTWO (wersja mniejsza)

Publication from the Geology and Geography Department of the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland

A guide book on how to read Austrian military maps, written in rather archaic Polish. Includes the description of the basic map symbols and some map cutouts.
X. H. Libinski T.J. JAK CZYTAĆ AUSTRYACKIE MAPY WOJSKOWE (1912), 63 MB [OCR]

A very comprehensive summary of a resarch carried out by the author in the famous Kriegsarchiv in Vienna on maps and plans of "the Polish lands" (in a very broad sense) 27 MB, [OCR]
L. SAWICKI PRZYCZYNKI DO BIBLJOGRAFII KARTOGRAFICZNEJ ZIEM POLSKICH (1920)
(courtesy of a digital library of the Polish Academy of Sciences)

Mathematical analysis of the projection of the International Map of the World 1:1 000 000
A. ŁOMNICKI "MATEMATYCZNA ANALIZA PROJEKCJI MAPY MIĘDZYNARODOWEJ 1:1 000 000" (1927)

Polish military cartography (historical overview). The flagship volume on history of Polish military cartography until 1918. Often quoted.
B.Olszewicz POLSKA KARTOGRAFJAWOJSKOWA (ZARYS HISTORYCZNY), 1921 [113 MB]

Polish Geographic Glossary, including translation of terms into French and German. 1928 [OCR]
Polskie Słownictwo Geograficzne (II) [44.6]

POlskie Słownictwo Geograficzne (II) [14.6]

"General Plans of Polish Towns". Includes 99 plans of towns (mostly small), scale approx. 1:6,000. Based on details plase from 17th - 20th century. While they miss the key element (street names), it is valuable, as it provides, at times, the only glimpse on the past of a given town. 116 MB [OCR]
PLANY PRZEGLąDOWE MIAST POLSKICH
Courtesy of Mr Ryszard Hubisz.

PLANY PRZEGLĄDOWE MIAST POLSKICH
Smaller file, approx. 65 MB [OCR]

Selected Articles from Overview of Polish Cartography
Polski Przeglad Kartograficzny 1923 - 1924 - wybrane artykuly
Polski Przeglad Kartograficzny 1925 - 1926 - wybrane artykuly
Polski Przeglad Kartograficzny 1927 - 1928 - wybrane artykuly
Polski Przeglad Kartograficzny 1929 - 1930 - wybrane artykuly
Polski Przeglad Kartograficzny 1931 - 1932 - wybrane artykuly
Polski Przeglad Kartograficzny 1933 - 1934 - wybrane artykuly

• Translation, into Polish, of an article (part of) by the gen. G. Hemmerich, the head of German military cartography at that time. The translation relates to the description / summary of Polish cartography (WIG). The original publications, i.e. (Mitteilungen des Chefs des Kriegs-Karten- und Vermessungwesens) should be made available by end of 2015
Gerlach Hemmerich: „Przygotowanie kartograficzne państw nieprzyjacielskich do obecnej wojny” (docx).
[Cartographic preparations for the current war in the enemy nations]


Other historical publications, sometimes only marginally related to the point, nevertheless, interesting.

• “General guidebook for the Poles in America”. An interesting insight into the issues facing fresh emigrants from Eastern Europe in America in the early 1900s. Volume written in quirky Polish, a mixture of truly useful information on both mundane (how to remove stains from clothing, etc.) and profound (the wording of the Oath of Allegiance to the USA), with a not-too-subtle „product placement” message throughout (the booklet was sponsored by a Bank). Please note, at least two pages missing. Unfortunately we don't know the source of the scan to give due credit for  this peculiar specimen.
[OCR]
Poradnik ogólny dla Polaków w Ameryce

Polish-Lithuanian Phrasebook dated 1910. Rather dated, but charming language. [11.6 MB]
ROZMÓWKI POLSKO-LITEWSKIE

Tourist Guide to the North-East of Poland. Individual  plans can be also downloaded in the town and city plans section of the site. More detail in our Forum (in Polish). [43.3 Mb].
Przewodnik po Polsce w 4 tomach. Tom I - Polska Północno-Wschodnia

• „Zaolzie 1938” 
several small maps in both 1:100 000 and 1:300 000 showing Czech territory annexed in Poland in 1938, and a few related articles and documents in Polish. Worth downloading for the maps, even if you don't read Polish. [approx. 22 MB, zip file]
Zaolzie 1938

Index  of place-names of the Republic of Poland, 1931. 207 MB, [OCR]
SKOROWIDZ MIEJSCOWOSCI RP

Index list of gminy (local municipalities) in Poland. Part I, central and eastern regions (voivodships). 1933, 30 MB [OCR]
SKOROWIDZ GMIN RP CZ I WOJEWÓDZTWA CENTRALNE I WSCHODNIE

Polish State Railways. The summary after the first 10 years of its operation (1918 - 1928). 70 MB, [OCR]
POLSKIE KOLEJE PANSTWOWE 1918-1928 (pdf, 70 Mb)

Financial Economy of Wilno (1929). 36 MB, [OCR]
T. NAGURSKI GOSPODARKA FINANSOWA M. WILNA

Military dictionary (English-Polish). 1942, Palestine. 21 MB, [OCR]
+ SŁOWNIK WOJSKOWY ANGIELSKO-POLSKI

"Atlas of Polish Airfields". A rather peculiar publication, given the sensitive nature of airfields in those time. The volume includes brief descriptions of the airfields, their coordinates and cutout maps in 1:100,000 and 1:20,000 scale. [OCR]
ATLAS LOTNISK POLSKICH (1933)
Courtesy of the Centralna Biblioteka Wojskowa w Warszawie (Central Military Library)

"Town plan of Stanislawow" including a list of street names and a few adverts. Dated approx. 1930s. [OCR]
Plan miasta Stanisławowa [27 MB]

• Study of the Kowel poviat, 1937
[OCR]
E. Rühle „Studjum powiatu kowelskiego” [236 MB]

E. Rühle „Studjum powiatu kowelskiego” [68 MB]

Dr. Franciszek Uhorczak
“SKOROWIDZ NAZW GROMAD, MIAST I MIASTECZEK…DO MAPY PODKŁADOWEJ JEDNOSTEK ADMINISTRACYJNYCH WOJEWÓDZTW LWOWSKIEGO, STANISŁAWSKIEGO I TARNOPOLSKIEGO W PODZIAŁCE 1:300.000”
(Gazetteer of gromady, large and small towns, for the base map of administrative units in the regions of lwowskie, stanislawowskie and tarnopolskie, to the scale of 1:300,000)
Lwów, 1939, publisher: Instytut Geograficzny U.J.K.
(courtesy Ryszard Hubisz)
[38 MB, PDF]
[OCR]
(the map itself available in Mapster)

Map of Polish waterways including table and description
MAPA POLSKICH DROG WODNYCH Z TABLICAMI I TEKSTEM OBJASNIAJACYM (1931)
Courtesy of the Earth Science Faculty of the Uniwersytet Śląski, Sosnowiec, Poland

 
• A guidebook to Borysław. A somewhat misleading title, as the booklet contains nothing but a set of adverts and a list of street names. Possibly the real „guidebook” has been lost. The booklet does include a town plan of Borysław though (also available via Mapster).
[OCR]
Przewodnik po Borysławiu [54 MB]
Przewodnik po Borysławiu [4.8 MB]

• Truskawiec-Zdrój. Illustrated guide book the the resor and surroundings with maps and a table". 1930s, 47 MB, [OCR]
+ „Truskawiec-Zdrój. Ilustrowany przewodnik po zdrojowisku i okolicy z mapami i wykresem”

• "A SHORT MONOGRAPH ON ALL THE CITIES, TOWS AND SETTLEMENTS in THE KINGDOM OF POLAND".
[OCR]
"KRÓTKA MONOGRAFIA WSZYSTKICH MIAST, MIASTECZEK I OSAD w KRÓLESTWIE POLSKIM" [460 MB]

"KRÓTKA MONOGRAFIA WSZYSTKICH MIAST, MIASTECZEK I OSAD w KRÓLESTWIE POLSKIM" [77 MB]

"Atlas of Geographical Names of Western Slavs". 3 volumes of an incomplete publication, to quote from Wikipedia:
"...covering the toponym history of modern North-Western Poland and North-Eastern Germany. After World War II this atlas was often used by the Polish Committee for Settling of Place Names to determine Polish names for places and settlements in the Former eastern territories of Germany."
All volumes with 
[OCR]

ATLAS NAZW GEOGRAFICZNYCH SLOWIANSZCZYZNY ZACHODNIEJ ZESZYT I (42 MB)

ATLAS NAZW GEOGRAFICZNYCH SLOWIANSZCZYZNY ZACHODNIEJ ZESZYT IIA (76 MB)

ATLAS NAZW GEOGRAFICZNYCH SLOWIANSZCZYZNY ZACHODNIEJ ZESZYT IIB (36 MB)

Courtesy of Archiwum Katedry Geologii i Geografii Uniwersytetu im. Adama Mickiewicza, Poznan.

• Polish-language edition of a commercial overview of "Port Gdanski" by the "Rada Portu i Drog Wodnych w Gdansku" (Ausschuss für den Hafen und die Wasserwege von Danzig - Council of the Harbour and Water Throughfares of Danzig), published – possibly yearly – in the inter-war years. Statistical data, adverts and illustrations. Includes two plans (the plans ALSO available in high-resolution in Mapster).
Port Gdański [147 MB]

Port Gdański [42 MB]

SPIS ABONENTÓW WARSZAWSKIEJ SIECI TELEFONÓW. ROK 1938/39
Telephone book for Warsaw and surrounding areas, 1938/39. Courtesy of the Library of Congress. Please note, the file (pdf) is large, approx. 150 MB.


"On the subject of the Eastern Borders" (of Poland), 1946. An interesting propaganda brochure, arguing the benefits of the loss of the Polish "Kresy" to the USSR after World War 2. 24 MB, [OCR]
F. FIEDLER W SPRAWIE GRANIC WSCHODNICH (1946 r). 24 Mb, PDF.


Post-world war 2 publications in Polish


This is the only comprehensive piece of writing on WIG ever produced, by the late B. Krassowski. (doc file)
Boguslaw Krassowski: Polska Kartografia Wojskowa w latach 1918 - 1945

A typescript of a PhD thesis by B. Krassowski. The paper, defended, was used (in much abbreviated and, allegedly censored version), as a foundation of the book - published, but never actually sold - in 1974 (file available above). We are very grateful for Mrs Krassowska for her permission to make this available. Please note that the paper includes over 500 pages of typescript, as well as hand-written corrections by the author and, presumably, examiner or supervisor.

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smaller, but very clear version
[(111 Mb)] Boguslaw Krassowski Polska Kartografia Wojskowa 1919 -1945

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uncompressed, mainly for archival purposes
[278 Mb] Boguslaw Krassowski Polska Kartografia Wojskowa 1919 -1945

„Notes on the work of cartographers in the occupied Warsaw”. Unknown date and source of publication, one of the first articles on the cartographic work of the AK (undergound) in occupied Poland during WW2. [OCR]
B. Krassowski „Z DZIAŁALNOŚCI KARTOGRAFÓW W OKUPACYJNEJ WARSZAWIE” [17 MB]

• B. Krassowski „Analysis of the coverage of Polish topographic maps by the outbreak of World War 2”. An article in Polish.
B. Krassowski „Analiza zasięgu polskich map topograficznych w przeddzień wybuchu II wojny światowej” (.doc).


Publications in French

Yearly bulletins of WIG on cartographic and topographic survey.
TRAVAUX GÉODÉSIQUES.. DE 1930 A 1932 RAPPORT [35.5 MB]
TRAVAUX GÉODÉSIQUES.. DE 1933 A 1935 RAPPORT [35.5 MB]
TRAVAUX TOPOGRAPHIQUES ET CARTOGRAPHIQUES 1 janvier 1938
[9.8 MB]
From the collection of B. Krassowski, courtesy of Mrs Irena Krassowska.


Publications in German

1931 volume on the work of the German Reichsamt für Landesaufnahme (RfL), including descriptions and lists of the most popular German map series (KdwR, KDR, Messtischblatt, etc.). The files does not include map cutouts and photographs. We will make an effort to provide a full scan, including OCR, by summer 2014.
Das Reichsamt für Landesaufnahme und seine Kartenwerke

A full version of the abovementioned book, including all images and map samples.
Das Reichsamt für Landesaufnahme und seine Kartenwerke 1934 [OCR], 600 dpi, 320 MB
Das Reichsamt für Landesaufnahme und seine Kartenwerke 1934
[OCR], reduced size file, approx. 120 MB

A publication on the new ways of map-making in the Reichsamt für Landesaufnahme. Interesting information on Messtischblatt map evolution, and on new design of the Deutsch Karte 1:50,000.
Otto H. Krause "Neue Wege der Kartenherstellung im
Reichsamt für Landesaufnahme, 1931 [OCR]. Large file (63 MB)
Otto H. Krause "Neue Wege der Kartenherstellung im Reichsamt für Landesaufnahme, 1931 [OCR]. Small file (approx.. 23 MB)

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Translations of Polish articles on a range of survey and cartography topics, date uncertain, either in late 1930s, or already after the outbreak of WW2.  After the war the translations were captured in the British occupation zone of Germany and used until 1960s by the Directorate of Military Survey.

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Translation of the introduction to the Catalogue of Altitudes. Polish original, i.e. the whole volume, dated 1939, is available above, among the Polish documents.
Hoehenverzeichnis der Festpunkte des polnischen Nivellementsgrundnetzes 1939

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Translation of an article from “Survey Review” (No 9/1936, p. 189-190)
Übersetzung aus Przeglad Mierniczy Jahr 1936 Nr 9, Seite 189-190

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Translation of an article from the Przegląd Mierniczy” (No 5-6/1937, p. 102-122)
Übersetzung aus PrzegladMierniczy Jahr 1937 Nr 5-6 Mai-Juni, Seite 108-122

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Translation of an article from the “Bulletin of the Geographic Service”, No 1/1937 r p. 15-22 (no tables)
Übersetzung aus Wiadomosci Sluzby Geograficznej 1937 März Heft1, Seite 15-22

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A very interesing PhD paper on WIG dated 1942 (please note, the PDF is approx. 120 MB).
Beitrage zur Entwicklung der amtlichen polnischen Kartografie 1919 - 1932


(INSTRUCTIONS FOR ESTABLISHING CONTROL POINTS AND THE USE OF LISTS OF COORDINATES OF THE ERSTWHILE CZECHOSLOVAKIAN ARMED FORCES)
13 MB, [OCR]
ANLEITUNG FÜR DIE BESTIMMUNG VON FESTPUNKTEN UND DEN GEBRAUCH  DER KOORDINATENVERZEICHNISSE DER EHEMALIGEN TSCHECHOSLOWAKISCHEN WEHRMACHT

G. Baumgart "Gelände- u.Kartenkunde" (1942)
G. Baumgart "Gelände- u.Kartenkunde" - smaller file
Cartography & Topography - one of the last edition of this very-well known German publication
Publication from the Geology and Geography Department of the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland

Reichsamt fuer Landesaufnahme - Mitteilungen

Extract from MITTEILUNGEN des Reichsamts fuer Landesaufnahme 5/1940
(170 Mb)
Extract from MITTEILUNGEN des Reichsamts fuer Landesaufnahme 5/1940 (smaller file)

Topographic / map symbols

Topographic Symbols (German and Polish, 1941, approx. 33 MB
Bildliche Darstellung der Kartenzeichen in den amtlichen deutschen Karten

A brochure on topographic symbols on German maps. Date of publication unknown, low resolution, missing tables 1 & 2., 0.9 MB
Kartenzeichen für die Maßstäbe 1:25 000, 1:100 000, 1:300 000

"Zeichenerklärung für Russische Karten" (1942) [390 Mb]
"Zeichenerklärung für Russische Karten" (1942) - smaller file
Explanation of symbols used on Soviet maps

Reichsamt fuer Landesaufnahme - Sonderheft 23 (1943)
H-P. Kosack "Wörterverzeichnis für russische Karten"
Glossary of terms used on Soviet maps
Publication from the Geology and Geography Department of the Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland

Topographic symbols used on the special (Mil.-Geo) maps, 1944.[OCR]
KARTENZEICHEN FÜR MILITÄRGEOGRAPHISCHE KARTEN

One, unfortunately incomplete (a few mid-pages missing) volume of the Reports of the German military cartographic service, March 1944, from the collection of a WIG researcher, Mr B. Krassowski, reproduced by kind permission of Mrs Krassowska. A large collection of other issues should be made available by end of 2014. [23 MB]
MITTEILUNGEN des Chefs des Kriegs-Karten-und-Vermessungswesens März 1944

SKIZZEN 1:5 000 ÜBER DEN GEPLANTEN AUSBAU DER NJEMENSTELLUNG (1916)
1:5,000 plans for potential development of field fortifications along Neman river
Document from the"Germandocsinrussia.org" Project


Mil-Geo Descriptions

Bałtyk:

Mil.-Geo Angaben Grenzgebiet Ostsee (1937)
Military-geographic information on the border areas of the Baltic Sea.

Document from the"Germandocsinrussia.org" Project

Sudetenland:


Military & geographical Description of the Sudetenland, prepared prior to the "Fall Grün" (Case Green), the invasion of Czechoslovakia, dated 1938
Militärgeographishe Beschreibung der Sudetenländer” (198 MB)

„Militärgeographishe Beschreibung der Sudetenländer” (smaller file, 42 MB)

Litwa i rejon Kłajpedy:

 • Military & geographical Description of Lithuania and the Mamel Area, 15 February 1939 (on 22 March, the Mamel Area was annexed by III Reich). Please note that almost all the text is in Fraktur, i.e. “Gothic” font. The publication contains some pictures, blueprints (bridges). No maps in this version, the two maps attached to the back cover will be scanned in the next few months and made available (one of them is large, in colour, in 1:600 000 scale). The document contains interesting hand-written notes on when it was captured by US Military (“captured 28th May 46) and the subsequent “road-shows” the book was used for, until mid-1950s. 40 MB.
Militärgeographische Beschreibung von Litauen und dem Memelgebiet, 15. Februar 1939

Poland:

Übersicht über die wehrwirtschaftsliche Lage von Polen (Juni 1937)
Overview of Polish economic situation (June1937)

Document from the"Germandocsinrussia.org" Project 

Die Wehrwirtschaft der Republik Polen (Teil I), 1939
Military Industry / armed forces of Poland (p. I)

Document from the"Germandocsinrussia.org" Project

 • Military & geographical Description of Poland” 1 July 1939. An importan publication on the German invasion of Poland (Fall Weiß). Some maps and plans attached to this publication are available in the map and town plan section of Mapster.
Mil-geo Beschreibung von Polen (Abgeschlossen 01.07.1939) [220 MB]

Mil-geo Beschreibung von Polen [smaller file, 56 MB)

A collection of “drive-through” sketches of towns in Poland in the above Mil-Geo Beschreibung was also published as a separate booklet:
Stadt-Durchfahrten in Polen und Danzig (Skizzen)
[30 MB, PDF]
Stadt-Durchfahrten in Polen und Danzig (Skizzen) - small file
[10 MB, PDF]
 


USSR:

Auswertung der alten Unterlagen aus dem Weltkrieg über die Festung Brest-Litowsk (ok. 1940)
Evaluation of the documents from the Great War on the subject of Brześć-Litewski fortifications 1916 - 1940.
Document from the"Germandocsinrussia.org" Project

Strassen u. Brücken (ok. 1941 r.)
Roads and Bridges (USSR)
Document from the"Germandocsinrussia.org" Project
 

European USSR: Karelia and Kola:


Militärgeographische Angaben über das Europaeische Russland. Korelian und Kola. Textheft (1941)
Military-geographic information on European Russia. Karelia and Kola.
Document from the"Germandocsinrussia.org" Project

Europejska cz. ZSRR. Kraje bałtyckie:

Militärgeographische Angaben über das Europaeische Russland. Die Baltischen Länder (Estland, Lettland, Litauen). Textheft (1941)
Military-geographic information on European Russia. Baltic lands (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania). Text.
Document from the"Germandocsinrussia.org" Project

European Part of the USSR: Leningrad Area

Militärgeographische Angaben über das Europaeische Russland. Gebiet Leningrad (1941)
Military-geographic information on European Russia. Leningrad area.
Document from the"Germandocsinrussia.org" Project

European Part of the USSR: Belarus

 • An element of Mil.-Geo Angaben Russland, a picture book with several dozens of images from Belarus (including the parts of eastern Poland annexed by the Soviet Union in 1939)). Interesting pictures (towns and countryside, transportation, natural obstacles, population, etc). 1941.
[29.6 MB]

Militärgeographische Angaben über das Europaeische Russland Weissrussland Bildheft

Militärgeographische Angaben über das Europaeische Russland. Weissrussland. Textheft (1941)
Military-geographic information on European Russia. Belarus. Text.
Document from the"Germandocsinrussia.org" Project

 • Throughfare town plans of Belarus (includes some towns of Eastern Poland, annexed by the USSR on and after 17th September 1939. 9 MB. Please note the town plans do NOT come with street names. [OCR]
Mil-Geo Angaben Europäische Russland Weissrussland Stadtdurchfahrtpläne

The same plans, which can be used individually (zipped jpgs, but good quality), 155 MB
Mil-Geo Angaben Europäische Russland Weissrussland Stadtdurchfahrtpläne


Europejska cz. ZSRR. Ukraina:

Throughfare town plans of Ukraine (includes some towns of South-eastern Poland, annexed by the USSR on and after 17th September 1939. 25 MB. Please note the town plans do NOT come with street names. [OCR]
Mil-Geo Angaben Europäische Russland UKRAINE Stadtdurchfahrtpläne

The same plans, which can be used individually (zipped jpgs, but good quality), 315 MB
Mil-Geo Angaben Europäische Russland UKRAINE Stadtdurchfahrtpläne


Militärgeographische Angaben über das Europaeische Russland. Ukraine mit Moldaurepublik und Krim. Teil II, Stadtdurchfahrtpläne u. Stadtpläne (1941)
Wojskowo-geograficzne informacje na temat europejskiej Rosji. Urakine, Mołdawia i Krym, cz. II. (niekompletna)
Document from the"Germandocsinrussia.org" Project
 
Europejska cz. ZSRR. Ural:

Militärgeographische Angaben über das Europaeische Russland. Ural-gebiete (1941)
Military-geographic information on European Russia. Ural area.
Document from the"Germandocsinrussia.org" Project

Europejska cz. ZSRR. Rejon Wołgi:

Militärgeographische Angaben über das Europaeische Russland. Die Wolgagebiete (1941)
Military-geographic information on European Russia. Volga river area.
Document from the"Germandocsinrussia.org" Project

Militärgeographische Beschreibung und Ueberblick Wasser Polesien und Weissrussland (1941)
Military-geographic description and overview of the Polesia and Belarus waterway system
Document from the"Germandocsinrussia.org" Project

Militärgeographische Beschreibung Flussnetzes westrussischen Grenzgebiet (1941)
Military-geographic description of waterways of western border areas of the USSR.
Document from the"Germandocsinrussia.org" Project
 
Militärgeographische Beschreibung im westrusslischen Grenzgebiet - Flusskartei Düna (1941)
Military-geographic description of waterways in the western Soviet Union - river Daugava tables.
Document from the"Germandocsinrussia.org"
Project

Militärgeographische Beschreibung im westrusslischen Grenzgebiet - Flusskartei Niemen (1941)
Military-geographic description of waterways in the western Soviet Union - river Neman tables
Document from the"Germandocsinrussia.org" Project

An overview of Polish and Soviet cartographic sources as well as related German mapping of the area, November 1940. A publication probably readied for the forthcoming invasion of the USSR, includes a few interesting index sheets. The item produced by Armeeoberkommando 4. Some information on the German 4th Army can be found (in English) here.
Polnische und Russische Kartenwerke. Stand November 1940 [37.5 Mb
Polnische und Russische Kartenwerke. Stand November 1940 [13.5 Mb]

• Yet another, almost identical item on Polish and Soviet cartographic works, dated March 1941, by Armeeoberkommando 4.
Polnische und Russische Kartenwerke. Stand März 1941 [41.3 Mb, PDF]
Polnische und Russische Kartenwerke. Stand März 1941 [18 Mb, PDF]

A brief summary of cartography in the countries east of the 3rd Reich or those already conquered. Includes interesting map samples (cutouts) in various scales and some index sheets. For a more comprehensive index sheet coverage please see the “Planheft Uebersicht Ost” below. Please note that, as before, the font is Fraktur (so-called Gothic). Two file sizes, higher and lower resolution, respectively.
Vademecum Ost 1940 43 MB

Vademecum Ost 1940 (13.5 MB)

• „Preliminary Manual for the Design and Preliminary Production of 1:500,000 Map”. Translation from Russian to German. Original dated 1940, published by Kriegskarten und Vermessungsamt Warschau in 1943.
[OCR]
„Vorläufige Anweisung für den Entwurf und die technischen Vorarbeiten zur Herstellung der Karte im Maßstab 1:500 000”

„Vorläufige Anweisung für den Entwurf und die technischen Vorarbeiten zur Herstellung der Karte im Maßstab 1:500 000”
Publication from the private collection of B. Krassowski, with a kind permission of Mrs Krassowska.

Dated January 1944, this volume comes with some interesting index sheets on Poland. Nevertheless, more comprehensive information is available in “Planheft Osteuropa ehem. Polnischer Raum”, dated August 1944.
Vademecum Osteuropa ehem. Polnischer Raum, 27 Januar 1944
[32 MB]

Vademecum Osteuropa ehem. Polnischer Raum, 27 Januar 1944 [12.7 MB]

German “Planheft” publications are reference volumes with some information and comprehensive collections of index sheets to all maps series of a given area or a country. They date back to approx. 1935 (1st edition of Planheft Polen), but as those early editions were superceded by more current ones, and probably destroyed, what is available is, typically, dated 1940 - 1944.

A large collection of index sheets on various maps types, “east” of the 3rd Reich. However, the “east” in this case is a very wide area, from Scandinavia, through the Baltic States, Poland, Soviet Union, Romania, as far south-east as Turkey and Palestine. Please note, the file is rather large (65 MB) but the index sheets are of good quality. Text in Fraktura font.
Planheft Übersicht Ost 1941

Index sheets of German maps covering the Area of the Soviet Union (and elsewhere), in scales from 1:25,000 right up to 1:4 M. It also shows index sheets of Soviet map coverage of Central Europe (this information is far from correct as, by the time the Planheft went to print, Germans had only captured some of the Soviet maps and the full extent of Soviet cartography of Europe was not known. The Planheft also includes 40-page long guide to map symbols used on Soviet maps. The last edition of this publication, planned for mid-1944, which would probably be much more informative, was either not printed, or destroyed shortly after it went to print, as no copies are known to survive the war.
Planheft RUSSLAND 2 Ausgabe X.42
[84 MB]

Planheft RUSSLAND 2 Ausgabe X.42 [18.5 MB]

A summary of information on Polish and German cartography of Central Europe by mid-1944. Very interesting information and index sheets of map types in use, which demonstrate the scope of progress of German work in cartography. It is also a graphic stock-take of which Polish maps fell into German hands after the fall of Poland in 1939 (WIG maps in 1:25,000 - 1:100,000). This information might be particularly useful to those users who want to find out if a specific sheet of 1:25,000 was published which gives some hope to a chance of finding it somewhere. Nevertheless you should be aware that not all materials might have been captured by Germany after 1939, moreover, the Planheft does contain certain mistakes, so while authoritative, it is not adefinite and fully reliable source.
Planheft OSTEUROPA ehemals Polnischer Raum 1944 [63 MB]

Planheft OSTEUROPA ehemals Polnischer Raum 1944 [12.9MB]

Planheft Polen (1939)
• pre-WW2 edition of the same publication
Document from the"Germandocsinrussia.org" Project

 • Index sheets of Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian, German and Soviet maps of the Baltic area, as well as information on triangulation networks, etc.
Planheft Osteuropa Baltischer Raum, 14.06.1944
[58 Mb]
Planheft Osteuropa Baltischer Raum, 14.06.1944 [21.5Mb]


Länderweise Zusammenstellung aller Karten und Mil-Geo-Artbeiten
The main publication of this type by the German military cartography service during WW2. Despite its title it does NOT contain all index sheets of all map types, nevertheless it is a very comprehensive volume, several hundred pages long and with approx. 150 index sheets. This edition comes from mid-1943. The second, 1944 edition, was probably lost by the end of WW2. After the war, the volume was captured by the British Military Cartography (Directory of MIlitary Survey) and “improved”, by adding index sheets, presumably from the 1944 edition. This is why some of the index sheets are scanned photocopies, others are available in both 1943 and 1944 edition (dates in the bottom-right corner). You will also notice hand-written comments on some of the pages, both in German, presumably made by the original owner(s) and in English. Please note several (no more than 5) index sheets are missing. We will try hard to locate them and add to the publication in the future.
LÄNDERWEISE ZUSAMMENSTELLUNG ALLER KARTEN UND MIL-GEO ARBEITEN [235 MB]

LÄNDERWEISE ZUSAMMENSTELLUNG ALLER KARTEN UND MIL-GEO ARBEITEN [91 MB]

Index sheets only -- no actual maps from the publication, in jpg format, compressed to a .zip archive [285 MB]
LÄNDERWEISE ZUSAMMENSTELLUNG ALLER KARTEN UND MIL-GEO ARBEITEN

"Walking excursions around Warschau". 1942, 30 MB. A peculiar publication by the Kriegskarten und Vermessungsamt II Warschau, with a description of day walks around Warschau, probably produced for the German civilian employees during the occupation of Poland. The guide book includes a map (high-resolution version of this map available in Mapster)
Wanderungen Ausflüge in der Umgebung von Warschau

"A Military & geographical overview of the Reichsgau Wartheland" (Western Poland around the city of Poznan), 1941, 43 MB, missing 4 pages. [OCR]
Wehrkreis XXI (Reichsgau Wartheland) Mil-geo Überblick Bildheft
Publication courtesy of prof. Paszyński

"Summary of information about Polish fortifications". well-known publication dated 1941, including photos and map cutouts. Fraktur font. 190 MB.
"Denkschrift ueber die polnische Landesbefestigung"

"Denkschrift ueber die polnische Landesbefestigung" (smaller version, 55 MB)

• Fortifications of the USSR (15.3.1941)
Die Landesbefestigungen der UdSSR 15.3.1941 Teil I (Text, taktische Angaben)
Part I - text and tactical information
Document from the"Germandocsinrussia.org" Project

Fortifications of the USSR
 Die Landesbefestigungen der UdSSR 15.3.1941 Teil II (A - Befestigungskarten der UdSSR, B - Textheft, allgemeine Erlaeuterungen u. Einzelangaben)
Part II A: folder of maps with fortification overprint (missing), B: text, general and detailed description

Document from the"Germandocsinrussia.org" Project
 

Fortifications of the USSR
 
Die Landesbefestigungen der UdSSR 15.3.1941 Teil III (Technische Einzelangaben und Bilder)
  Part III. Technical details and pictures

Document from the"Germandocsinrussia.org" Project
 
The levelling results by the trigonometric division of the Königlich-Preußische Landes-aufnahme. Vol. II (Westpressen), 1896. 26 MB, [OCR]
DIE NIVELLEMENTS-ERGEBNISSE DER TRIG-ABT. KOENIG-PREUSS LANDES-AUFNAHME HEFT II WESTPREUSSEN)


Other publications in German

Statistiches Gemeindeverzeichnis bisherigen polnischen Staates (1939)
Statistical catalogue of nationalities of the former Polish state (Publikationsstelle Berlin-Dahlem)
Courtesy of Mr Ryszard Hubisz

 • "Danzig guidebook with a Pharus plan and images". No date, approx. early 1920s. The plan, in high resolution, is also available via Mapster
DANZIG FÜHRER MIT PHARUSPLAN UND ABBBILDUNGEN


"Smaller Danzig guidebook with a Pharus plan" - again. A different variant of a popular inter-war guidebook. No date, approx. early 1920s. The plan, slightly different to the one above is also available, in high resolution, via Mapster.
Kleiner FÜHRER durch DANZIG mit Pharusplan [30 MB]

• Baedekers GENERALGOUVERNEMENT REISEHANDBUCH. The first (1943) and probably the only edition of this famous travel guide.
Baedekers GENERALGOUVERNEMENT REISEHANDBUCH 143 MB]

Baedekers GENERALGOUVERNEMENT REISEHANDBUCH [37 MB]

• "Regional studies on the Generalgouvernements". Published in "Krakau", 1943. [OCR]
T. Müller „Landeskunde des Generalgouvernements” [101 MB]

T. Müller „Landeskunde des Generalgouvernements” [31 MB]

F. Doubek "Kartenfolge zur Landes- und Wirtschaftskunde der eingegliederten deutschen Ostgebiete und des Generalgouvernements" (1941)
(A set of maps for regional and agricultural studies of the eastern territories incorporated into Germany and the General Gouvernement. Publikationstelle Berlin-Dahlem
Courtesy of the Geography Department Library, University of  Łódź

• „The issue of Ostpressuen in the context of the Polishc corridor”
W. Deuticke – “Ostpreussen und der polnische Korridor”, 1921
The file scanned by the "The Internet Archive"

• „Idea państwa ukraińskiego w kontekście wojny z Rosją”
Dmytro Dontsov „Die Ukrainische Staatsidee und der Krieg gegen Russland”, 1915
The file scanned by the "The Internet Archive"

• "Ukraine and its importance in the current war against Russia" (1915)
K. Volodymyr „Die Ukraine und ihre Bedeutung im gegenwärtigen Kriege mit Russland


Publications in English

GSGS (Misc.) No 100 - THOROUGHWAY TOWN PLANS OF AUSTRIA (1944)
(including a not-too-legible map of Austria, 1:600,000)

 
• ATLAS STATYSTYCZNY POLSKI, published by the Polish Ministry of Information in the UK, approx. 1942. Pdf, [OCR]
STATISTICAL ATLAS OF POLAND (pdf, approx. 77 MB)
STATISTICAL ATLAS OF POLAND (pdf, approx. 40 MB).
STATISTICAL ATLAS OF POLAND (individual pages in jpg format, can be used separately, approx. 170 MB)

Several US field manuals related to maps, map reading, aerial photography, etc.


“FM 21-25 Elementary Map and Aerial Photograph Reading”, 1941


“FM 21-26 Advanced Map and Aerial Photograph Reading”, 1941


“FM 21-26 Map reading and Land Navigation” 1993


“FM 3-25.26 (FM 21-26) Map reading and Land Navigation” 2001



FM 30-20 MILITARY INTELLIGENCE MILITARY MAPS (1940)


“FM 30-21 MILITARY INTELLIGENCE Role of Aerial Photography”, 1940


“FM 31-30 Conventional Signs, Military Symbols and Abbreviations”, 1941

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“German Military Symbols”, 1943


“German Military Symbols”, 1944


“German Military Symbols - Supplements”, 1944


(US Army) Tentative Technical Manual. Use of foreign Maps. [106 MB] November 1942.
[OCR]

(US Army) Tentative Technical Manual. Use of foreign Maps. [22 MB]

Foreign maps, a US manual from 1956 with short descriptions of most map types used or known in 1955, scanned by Google. [OCR]
TM5-248 TECHNICAL MANUAL FOREIGN MAPS [PDF, 47 MB]

Soviet topographic map symbols, another US manual from 1958. [OCR]
TM-30-548 TECHNICAL MANUAL SOVIET TOPOGRAPHIC MAP SYMBOLS [PDF, 25 MB]

Analysis of datums, controls, etc for Polish 1:25,000 series. A short paper by the British Military Survey, dated 1956, discussing accuracy of Polish maps. The publication includes several tables. Unfortunately we still haven't got the scans of sheets used, if anyone were to verify the conclusions of this work.
Analysis of datums, control etc. for Polish 1-25,000 series

"DOCUMENTS CONCERNING GERMAN-POLISH RELATIONS AND THE OUTBREAK OF HOSTILITIES BETWEEN GREAT BRITAIN AND GERMANY ON SEPTEMBER 3, 1939
Presented by the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to Parliament by Command of His Majesty"
A publication including official letters and speeches related to the outbreak of WW2.
[OCR]
"DOCUMENTS CONCERNING GERMAN-POLISH RELATIONS..." [99 MB]

"DOCUMENTS CONCERNING GERMAN-POLISH RELATIONS..." [27 MB]


N. Everitt “British Secret Service During the Great War”, 1920
File from "The Internet Archive"


“Army. Evacuation of North Russia 1919
File from"The Internet Archive"


• Planheft (Notes on the maps of Poland). A Directory of Military Survey translation (abbreviated), dated 1952, of the Planheft Polen, pre-war edition dated approx. 1939. This publication would be useful for those who struggle with German. It is also the only trace of the original, pre-WW2 edition of the Planheft, which was probably destroyed as obsolete when the new, 1944 edition was produced. [OCR]
Planheft Polen (Notes on the maps of Poland) [22 MB]

German Town Plans. No I. A handbook with 127 town and city plans of Germany (basic road-map type plans). Approx. 1944. [OCR]
Germany Town Plans. No I [66 MB]

Germany Town Plans. No I [18 MB]

• NOTES ON GSGS MAPS OF GERMANY, DENMARK AND CENTRAL EUROPE. A comprehensive summary on map sources, both Allied and German. Please note, the volume is very substantial, and high-quality pdf is almost 700 MB large! [OCR]
NOTES ON GSGS MAPS OF GERMANY, DENMARK AND CENTRAL EUROPE [700 MB]

NOTES ON GSGS MAPS OF GERMANY, DENMARK AND CENTRAL EUROPE [193 MB]

Gazetteer German Empire western Poland - File (pdf, 500 kb) useful for genealogical purposes. Essentially it is a table showing the original German village / town name, current (Polish or Russian) place-name and the lon / lat position. Unfortunately we don't have information on the original file, so can't give appropriate credit, which is due for a very compresive piece of work.
Gazeteer German Empire western Poland

Declassified publication from 1990s on US satellite program, which has also had impact on post-WW2 mapping of the Soviet bloc countries
"CORONA - America's First Satellite Program"

Support materials for teachers of geography
P. J. Gersmehl “The Language of Maps”, 1991

• Hugh P. VOWLES Ukraine and its people". A peculiar book dated 1939, extolling the virtues of the Soviet system. To quote the author:
"... Separatist intellectuals, self-centred, saturated in literary romanticism, ignorant of all that great body of science on which the Soviet
Union is immovably based, will rant in vain about ‘our splendid heritage,’ ‘our historic destiny,’ or, to quote Signor Gayda who indulges in similar empty language, ‘our legitimate aspirations and the inflexible parabola of historic rights.’ Such meaningless phrases may arouse enthusiasm among people elsewhere. The people of Soviet Ukraine they will not deceive. Together with their comrades in other parts of the Soviet Union these Ukrainians have left the old, low-vaulted world for ever. With their faces turned towards the future they go forth to life’s power and beauty."
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Ukraine and its people


S. Shelukhyn “Ukraine, Poland, and Russia and the right of the free disposition of the peoples (1919)
File from "The Internet Archive"

A guidebook in English, including a plan, approx. 1910. [OCR]
Short guide to Lemberg and surroundings [62 MB]

Short guide to Lemberg and surroundings [13.5 MB]

Courtesy of Mr Ryszard Hubisz


L.C. Greives “Military Sketching and Map Reading”, 1917
 File from "The Internet Archive"


Floyd D. Carlock “Military Topography and Photography”, 1918
File from "The Internet Archive"



Publications in Ukrainian


• "Town plan of Lwow with a short guide book", approx. 1939, pdf (6.5 MB)
ПЛЯН МІСТА ЛЬВОВА З КОРОТКІМ ПРОВІДНІКОМ

Courtesy Ryszard Hubisz

DR OLENA STEPANIV "Modern Lviv".  A guidebook from 1943. [OCR]
ДР ОЛЕНА СТЕПАНІВ "СУЧАСNИЙ ЛЬВІВ" [72 MB]n
Courtesy Ryszard Hubisz


Publications in Russian

Historical publications in Russian are hard to locate, most often due to the secrecy of map-making in the Russian Empire and then, the Sovie Union.

• Proposal for the new gubernia and poviat division. A publication dated 1866. [OCR]
Projekt nowych gubernii i powiatow [28.9]

Projekt nowych gubernii i powiatow [9 MB]

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04/02/2017 23:15
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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?