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 Post subject: German maps 1919-1945
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:17 pm 
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Polish map site with lots of high quality German maps to download.



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 Post subject: Re: German maps 1919-1945
PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:51 pm 
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I used this site last year during some research searching for an airfield in Belarus used by 10.(Schl)./LG 2 in June 1941
A review has appeared both at LEMB and TOCH, so sorry for not also posting it here. So here is my belated review;

The website is the Map Archive of Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny (Polish Military Geographical Institute) 1919 – 1939. Available for viewing or downloading are Polish maps of this period in various scales covering Poland and surrounding nations. The website also has a very large number of associated map collections. These include German maps and in particular the 1:100,000 scale Großblatt maps. Based upon the Polish maps, these include an incredible level of topographical detail, showing individual buildings and farm names. Germany, Poland and most of Eastern Europe is covered in comprehensive detail, but there are also maps of Italy and London. The maps date from 1938 to 1944. For the Eastern European maps, the most obvious advantage for most of us is that the Latin alphabet is used for settlement names rather than the Cyrillic used by the Soviets and many modern maps. Since these maps were also those used by the German armed forces the settlement names also hopefully match those recorded on other documents.

To do justice to the detail of these large maps, they have been produced online at 400dpi, 30 to 50Mb and between 12000 and 14000 pixels. Given the sizes many computers may have difficulty dealing with the maps. On occasion the maps took a while to load. When I saved them I also needed to resize them in order to view them on most standard viewing software. They are however well worth the effort. An excellent resource!


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