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Cyrillic: Index to Cyrillic Topographic Maps

Welcome to the index for the topographic maps. When the Cyrillic Maps website was created in 1999, no index maps were included in its organization. Searching for a specific geographic location was a bit difficult as a result. These pages attempt to remedy this problem. The thick red line on the above map not only represents the area covered by the bulk of our Russian Red Army topographic maps, but also the index maps that cover them as well.

Proceed to the initial index map

Proceed to the list of 1:100,000 scale maps

Catalog record 1:50,000 maps

Catalog record 1:100,000 maps


About the Cyrillic Map Collection

The IU collection of these (mostly) former Soviet Red Army topo maps came to us from the duplicate map room of the Library of Congress Map Collection. While by no means complete, this collection is a fine addition to our existing international map holdings. These maps have a great story to tell: some carry the stamp from both the University of Berlin and the University of Bonn Geography Departments (complete with swastika), some are stamped "Captured Map", some carry the ID of the CIA Map Library or the Bureau of Geographic Names, and still some are hand-annotated by who knows who about who knows what. Here is a sample of Stalingrad, map number M-38-114 (opens a new window).


The maps are indexed in a similar fashion to those of the International Map of the World Series (opens in new window), which means that they are indexed latitudinally beginning with the letter A at the equator and proceeding north at 4 degree increments to the letter Z at the north pole, and longitudinally beginning with the number 1 at the 180th meridian and proceeding east around the world at 6 degree increments until the number 60, which is the 180th meridian.


We also have the German counterparts to these maps produced during WWII as well. They share much of the same information and are indexed in the same fashion. These, however, are not organized at the moment.


About the Index Maps

With that introduction, our letters and numbers of concern are shown on the above map: from J in the south to Q in the north, and from 33 in the west to 41 in the east (our holdings of this series do extend eastward sketchily, but again, the red bounded area indicates the bulk of our collection and the corresponding index maps). The maps themselves are in a variety of conditions (paper, laminated, photographically reproduced in color or black and white, plasticized, or muslin-backed). The bulk date from WWII.


An important note about the detailed index maps: They are scanned copies of copies and the quality is admittedly less than the best--we are constantly trying to improve this by touching them up (or trying to locate untouched originals to scan in), so please bear with us. The "crossed off" squares on them do not mean we necessarily have that map--the indexes just came to us that way. Accompanying them is a repesentative template dotted with blue--the blue indicates that we have the maps in the collection at the 1:100,000 scale. If you wish to see a list of these maps, click here. Below is a sample of an index map:


Warning: these maps will also take a few minutes to download as well if you are using a phone modem--please be patient. The initial small scale index map, that of the Western USSR (which is on the next page), is part of one produced in 1944 by The National Geographic Society. The eight bounded areas on it represent the coverage of the more detailed index maps, which themselves were originally created by the (U.S.) Army Map Service in the 1960s. To view one of the eight index maps, simply click on any one of these eight areas to see the 1:100,000 scale coverage. That 1:100,000 scale coverage is hinted at above on the sample. The small rectangles reading left to right numbered 1 through 12, 13 through 24, etc., (this pattern continues down--which is shown on the example below--until the number 144) represent one map at the scale of 1:100,000. For example, a map with the number O-37-1 is the first map in this area, O-37-2 is the second, and so on down to O-37-144.


Each 1:100,000 scale map can be further subdivided into 4 maps at 1:50,000 scale:




Their numbering scheme is just a continuation of the 1:100,000 parent map sheet. For example, O-37-132-A is the 1:50,000 scale northwest quadrant of the O-37-132 1:100,000 map.


Each 1:50,000 scale map can be further subdivided into four 1:25,000 scale maps. With the exception of just a few of this scale, all are in the N-34 area.



Their numbering scheme is also a continuation of the 1:100,000 and 1:50,000 parent map sheets. For example, N-34-132-A-a is the 1:25,000 scale northwest quadrant of the N-34-132-A 1:50,000 scale map.


Proceed to the initial index map
Proceed to the list of 1:100,000 scale maps
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last updated: 5/31/2013