Mapa taktyczna WIG (tactical map by W.I.G.)
Below you will find links to all available
sheets and editions of "tactical map of Poland" 1:100,000 by
Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny (WIG). Approx. 480 single sheets of this
map type were published by the outbreak of WW2, and they covered
Poland, in up to 4 editions per sheet. There were also up to 280 sheets
of the terroritory of neighbouring countries (Lithuania, USSR,
Czechoslovakia and 3rd Reich).
Please note: A certain
confusion as to the sheet names and numbers might stem from the fact
that some earlier WIG maps from the eastern areas of Poland were based
on Russian (Imperial) maps and those early WIG maps did not cover exactly
the same ground as later, 1930s edition - they are shifted east and
sometimes south, by (up to) half a sheet. This can easily be seen on
the early index sheets of the WIG 1:100,000 (green sheet lines across the eastern "Kresy")
For this reason, the "post-Russian-format" maps by WIG have been made
available on a separate index sheet in Mapster (see below). Naturally
all 1:100,000 maps covering an area around a town or village, old and
new, will be shown on a map list through Mapster search engine.
IWG: Instytut Wojskowo-Geograficzny – the name of the Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny prior to the name change in 1921.
KDR: Karte des Deutschen Reiches (German 1:100 000 map used for early WIG editions).
KdwR: Karte des westlichen Russlands (WW1 German 1:100
000 map of the western Russia, which was used for some early WIG editions)
BOM: WW2 Polish Underground
editions by Służba Geograficzna Komendy Głównej AK (Geographic Service
of the General Staff of the Home Army). Abbreviation "BOM" was used on
some maps, comes from the first letters of the nom de guarre of the
three people involved in map production:
„Bury”, Lt Col Mieczysław Szumański – Head of the AK Geographic Service,
„Ogończyk”, Lt. Stanisław Twardowski – Head of the reproduction facility,
„Marks”, Czesław Śmieciński – senior printer.
Last update: 8th September 2015
make access to the maps easier, all sheets and editions have been made
available for download via a database driven mapster system:
1. WIG 1:100,000 based on Russian maps
2. All other editions by 1939 (the main collection
3. Sheets reproduced by WIG operating during WW2 from Scotland
(Edinburg), and those produced by the Home Army Geographice Service
(Służba Geograficzna Komendy Głównej AK)
4. Post-WW2 editions by the WIG, as part of General Staff of the Polish
Army (communist), 1947 - 1956. From 1949 WIG itself was disabanded but
map production was continued by the topographic departments of the
Polish Army. Scans are not yet available, but will be soon.
5. Other WIG 1:100,000 maps, usually joined sheets:
6. British copies published 1941-1944 (GSGS 4177)
7. German pre-WW2 and WW2 copies:
8. Czechoslovak copies covering the border areas (to be made available by end of 2015)