Ukraine SIG #Ukraine New Maps Added to Gesher Galicia Map Room: WWI-Era maps, 1890 transport map, 1885 rivers and mountains map, 1941 Lwow Street Index #ukraine

Pamela Weisberger

Here are some new additions to the Gesher Galicia map room:

Street index to the 1941 Lemberg map created by the Luftwaffe in
advance of the German invasion:

An alphabetical street index to the German Luftwaffe general plan of
Lemberg (Lwow, Lvov, Lviv) >from March 1941.

And....four Galicia region maps, listed chronologically in the
regional maps section:

1. Map >from 1885 of mountains and rivers of Galicia:

An odd map, quite colorful, and gives good at-a-glance understanding
of the terrain of Galicia overall and in the vicinity of large and
medium towns. A hypsometric tinted relief map of Galicia and Bukovina
showing mountain ranges with elevations and waterways, produced by
Freytag & Berndt of Vienna after 1885. Curiously, while the landscape
folds are depicted in colorful detail, and large and medium-sized
rivers are named, cities and towns are indicated by initial letters
only, apparently to avoid obstructing the illustrated topography.

2. 1890 Kornman transport map of Galicia:

We have two rail maps of the Austrro-Hungarian empire; this is our
first which details Galicia. It also highlights the districts in
color, helpful for understanding the administrative borders. A
transport route map showing highways, railways, and waterways of
Galicia and Bukovina created by Samuel Kornman of Lwow and printed by
Freytag & Berndt of Vienna in 1890. Very useful for its depiction of
connections between major and minor towns of Galicia (and surrounding
regions), the colorful map also shows district boundaries, distances
between major cities, and city populations. Types and capacity of the
transport routes are indicated by 11 different map symbols. The 1890
map was published with an 1898 transport statistics booklet,
describing and quantifying the regional transport network, and
comparing it to those of adjacent regions, (The terms are in Polish.
If anyone wants to voluteer to translate these, please contact me

3. A 1914 WWI map showing battle lines in Galicia:

This map was bought on e-bay so we are unsure of its provenance, but
the map is quite useful for anyone who has looked at photos of their
Galician towns destroyed by WWI battles. An historic map of Galicia
with portions of the Russian Empire and partitioned Poland, showing
Russian and Austro-Hungarian army positions and battles in August and
September 1914. The action shows events leading to the early Battle of
Galicia on the Eastern Front, including two battles in Lemberg and the
withdrawal of Austro-Hungarian forces across the San River (leading to
the Siege of Przemy=C5=9Bl). The map is well-detailed, including all major
and many minor towns, key roads, rivers and lakes, and the military
positions in color.

4. Majerski map of Galicia before 1918:

An historic map of Galicia, showing towns, elevations, and major
geographic landmarks, created by Stanis=C5=82aw Majerski and printed by
Piller in Lw=C3=B3w before 1918. Color shadings represent land elevation,
with regional peaks highlighted by map symbols. Major rail lines and
rivers are indicated in red and black, respectively. This map is a
simplified version of the 1910 map by Majerski.

While not the town cadastral maps that interest Galician researchers
at the local levels, these province maps can still be useful in
plotting travel routes across Galicia that might have been taken by
your ancestors and can enhance your knowledge about the physical
attributes of the land that people (or troops) had to traverse.

Thanks to Jay Osborn, Gesher Galicia's map room coordinator, for
getting these new maps online and to Logan Kleinwaks for providing the
1941 Luftwaffe map street index.

(We've provided the direct links here, but if you haven't visited our
map room recently, best to start with our home page and scroll down to
see everything:

Pamela Weisberger
President, Gesher Galicia

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