‘Partially compiled’ maps 1:25,000 by Polish Military Geographical Institute (1919–1939)

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During the interwar period, an estimated 32–36% of Polish territory was covered by the Polish Military Geographical Institute’s (Pol. Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny) 1:25,000 detailed map. At the same time, the MGI achieved a full coverage of the country by 1:100,000 tactical map. 50% of tactical map sheets were revised for the 1930s – many covered areas for which no detailed maps had been printed. Considering the fact that 1:100,000 tactical map was updated on the basis of revised 1:25,000 maps, another 17–21% of 1:25,000 detailed map sheets were finished or in progress by the German and Soviet invasion in 1939. The study confirmed additional 4% of 1:25,000 detailed map sheets as ‘partially compiled’ by the MGI and finished by the Germans. Another 17% of detailed map sheets are potentially to be found. Hypotheses, clues and evidence are presented in the paper.

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Übersicht über die als Schiesskarte geeigneten Blätter 1:25 000 des ehmals polnishen Raumes (The overview of the 1:25,000 map sheets suitable for artillery direction of the former Polish region), 1944/ Available online at: http://maps.mapywig.org/m/WIG_maps/index_sheets/Uebersicht...Schiesskarte_Blaetter_25K_ehm.polnisches_Raumes_II.1944.jpg

Poland and adjacent countries 1:25,000 sheets in Directorate of Military Survey 1st rough copy, 19 May 1953. Available online at: http://maps.mapywig.org/m/ALLIED_maps/index_sheets/POLAND_AND_ADJACENT_COUNTRIES_25K_sheets_in_DMilSurvey_1_rough_copy_c.1955.jpg

Mapa szczegółowa 1:25 000 (1:25,000 detailed map). In: B. Krassowski 1973, p. 77.

Mapa taktyczna 1:100 000 (1:100,000 tactical map). In: B. Krassowski 1973, p. 76.

Materiał podstawowy – zdjęcia topograficzne (source material – surveying). In: B. Krassowski 1973, p. 52.

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