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This page presents German maps of Poland and other Central and East
European Countries dated until 1919. The bulk of the sheets is the work
of Königlich Preußischen Landesaufnahme, in
charge of producing maps for 2nd Reich and all maps of the neighbouring
The maps are listed by their type and scale.
last update: 28 July 2013
scale maps of Eastern Europe
From Central and Eastern Europe, usually based on Russian maps of
various scales (1:21,000 through 1:42,000 to 1:84,000). Total number of
sheets is unknown, but given the area they covered, it was
easily thousands of sheets. Currently we have only about 20 of
available in Mapster:
Please note - a large (= slow
loading) index sheet), alternatively, a list
des Deutschen Reiches (KDR), scale 1:100,000.
short article on Wikipedia on this map type (in German).
Courtesy of Mr David Rumsay,
we have been able to provide a full set of rarer, older editions of
this map type dated approx. 1870 - 1900.
sheets have been scanned at 600 dpi, both in original, i.e. cut-up, on
linen format, and "merged". Please note that due to high resolution and
excellent quality, the files are very large (40 – 50 MB).
Karte des westlichen Russlands,
based on Russian maps (1:42 000, 1:84 000 i 1:126 000) from
the end of 19th and beginning of 20th century. KdwR was printed both in
small, individual sheets (total of 467 sheets), as well as the joint
ones. The map was also heavily borrowed from in the early editions of
Polish maps by Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny
mid-1920s. Please note, as the number of sheets we hold is substantial,
we decided to abandon a table and provide a link to the Mapster
instead, where you can download the maps. Currently, almost all sheets
are available, most in at least 400 dpi, usually also 600 dpi.
Joint KdwR sheets can be downloaded from
sheets in Mapster (they overlap, so it was impossible to combine in one
Please note the files are very large, 50 - 90 MB
Other 1:100 000 maps
From the same area and time. They do not fit into the above,
multi-sheet map series, therefore we present them here
1916, 3 colours (black - terrain, brown - contour lines, blue -
waters), 400 dpi, 51.2 Mb (large sheet)
des westlichen Russlands Zusammendruck Lyntupy - Postawy u. Kobylnik
A very interesting map, dated 1917, showing Russian and German field
positions in the area around Pinsk. 400 dpi, 21 Mb
fuer die Stellungskaempfe in den Pripjetsuempfen
and Austrian sheet numbers following the original, Russian sheet order
(transliteration applied where Russian letters were used). Thus, the
zones are marked with ROMAN numberal while columns are marked with
ARABIC numerals. Additionally, map coverage of the areas, such as
Poland which bordered on Germany or extended to cover some parts of
German territory was marked with capital letters in
reverse order (D, C, B, A).
An example of sheet numbers in zone XVII, from west to east:
XVII D, XVIIC, XVIIB, XVIIA, XVII
1, XVII 2,
XVII 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, etc.
editions appear to be of somewhat better print quality, and some were
hand-coloured, to make them even more legible. However, our originals
down to trim the margins, so original sheet titles remain
unknown. Therefore, to make it easier, file names are composed of
BETTER KNOWN PLACE-NAMES present on a given sheet, e.g.
Since the margines are
trimmed, neither print date, nor original Russian edition, nor original
Russian topographic survey dates are available for Austrian variant (click here for a list of
Austrian, downloadable editions of this map type in Mapster).
German copies of Russian map,
same scale, with some place-names in
Latin transliteration (currently only a list of sheets to download, in
Special-Karte von Central Europa, 1:200 000
A map which was in constant use for over 100 years. Originally
142 sheets, later extended to 330 sheets and finally to 529
sheets, which cover the area from Paris in the east to Grodno in the
you know Polish, you can look up some information, on
Mapy Reymanna. Alternatively, you can try it
in German and use Google translation to get a decent
translation into English.
All sheets 400 dpi, unless
indicated otherwise, file size 6 - 12 Mb.
currently available sheets can be downloaded from Mapster. Because
making a proper index sheet is a little more complicated than
other map types, all files are available via a list, and an original
index sheet can be downloaded below.
An index sheet of a much-expanded, later edition (sheet numbers were
changed!) with actual sheets made marked (crossed):
zur topographischen Specialkarte von MITTEL-EUROPA im Maßstabe 1:200 000
Special-Karte von Mittel-Europa,
A popular German“Overview map of Central Europe” (Übersichtskarte von
Mitteleuropa) had its origins in a private venture, a “Special Map of
(„Special-Karte von Mittel-Europa”) produced in 164 sheets, from
approx. 1872 onwards, and according to the title sheets,“from official
sources”. The author was W. Liebanow, and the publishing house Herm.
Oppermann in Hannover, while lithography and print is attributed to
Leop. Kraatz, Berlin (some sources quote the publisher as L.
Revenstein, Frankfurt a. Mein.)
We have only two multi-sheet maps from this edition, one made
of 6, the other 8 regular, smaller sheets. The first sheet below covers
north-western German and Pommern, the second, Pommern including the
city of Danzig, down to the towns of Schneidemühl (Piła) and
23, 24, 34, 35, 36 [400 dpi, 36.4 Mb]
5b, 15, 16, 25, 26, 37, 38 [400 dpi, 46.6 Mb]
Übersichtskarte von Mitteleuropa 1:300
“General Map of Central Europe” (Übersichtskarte
dated late 19th and early 20th century, published by
Preußischen Landesaufnahme, scale 1:300 000, files approx. 15 - 25 MB.
The series was continued after WW1, and during WW2 morphed into Europa,
Mitteleuropa, NordEuropa and Osteuropa variants.
sheets available in Mapster (please note, the index sheet covers some
parts of Western, the whole of Central, and Eastern Europe, USSR, and
the Balkans, and contains also editions from 1920, 1930s and 1940,
consequently, the index sheet takes a VERY LONG time to load).
von Mitteleuropa 1:300
000 (joint sheet edition)
same map type, but in a joint, WW1 edition. Resolution 300 -
400 dpi. The sheets to the east (Witebsk, Bobruisk, Ostrow) are less
detailed, based on Russian maps, rescaled, probably 1:420,000. Please
note that, as usual, a large paper sheet = a large file, generally
between 50 - 80 Mb.
Index sheet and files available
Operationskarte 1:800 000
(Übersichtskarte von Europa und Vorderasien)
Operational map produced until
mid-1930s, all available sheets available in Mapster