Historic maps

Common Map Of The Balkan Peninsula and the Eastern Mediterranean with Greek And Turkish Forts, Published By The German Reich Planned Camara (1941). Introduction

According to its "Historic Maps" program, ASDE-Ecoregions offers below a map of the Balkan Peninsula and the Eastern Mediterranean, printed by the German Reich planned camara in 1941. The map is with military-strategic purpose, but it is based on classical geographic information from the era which is more important to us. Considering rather geographic data and especially names have changed since then, we believe that this source will be of interest to military history specialists as well as to a wide range of historians and citizens. Contact and additional information: office@asde-bg.org; alliance-bg@newage-bg.com.
Below is a translation of the main text, available on the map (translation from German):

"Common (Illustrative) Map of Bulgaria – Greece with Mapped Greek and Turkish Forts (February 1941)

Special edition I. 1941

SECRET ! –"This is subject to secret confidentiality in the sense of par. 88 of the Reich Penal Code of April 24, 1934. The misuse is punished by the clauses and provisions of this law. "(Note from ASDE-ECOREGIONS- The map has a code entered - SECRET, but considering the past era and the changes that have occurred, this inscription should be considered as meaningless.)

Printed in Scale 1: 1 000 000

„For confidential use only“

Printing: German Reich planned camara


  • Fort
  • Old type fort
  • Bunker (with tank cupola)
  • Concrete combat facilities
  • Battery positions
  • Field fortifications (trenches)
  • Air defense facilities
  • Unknown type facilities
  • Territories with reported (established) fortifications (with uncertain data about type and location)"

Old maps of the Republic of Bulgaria from the collection of Vasil Radoslavov

Many of our compatriots living abroad have a strong connection with their mother country, Bulgaria. Some of them, as heirs of Mr. Vassil Radoslavov, grandson of the youngest Bulgarian Prime Minister with the same family, have for years collected maps and documents related to Bulgarian history, which were finally donated to the state or scientific institutes for free. In 2011 the collected maps were presented to our embassy in Berlin by the successors of V. Radoslavov.

With the kind assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria and personally to N.P. Rusy Ivanov, temporary managing director of the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Berlin, for the period 2011-2012, ASDE-Ecoregions was given the opportunity to shoot some of the old maps for Bulgaria and the Balkan peninsula gathered by the patriotic Bulgarian. The geospatial collection was included in the Geoportal and allow scientists, learners and fanciers to get acquainted with this accumulated wealth.

Totius Danubi. Cours de Danube, 1766 001
Danubii Fluvii Pars Inferior 002
Imperium Turcicum, 1737 003
Kriegs Schauplat 004
Danubii Fluminis Pars Infima 005
Estats del'Empire du Grand Seigneur des Turcs 006
Danubii cum adiaceniibus Regnis 007
Imperii Osmanici five Tucici Europaei, 1797 008
Walachia, Servia, Bvlgaria, Romania 009
Magni Turcarum Dominatoris Imperium 010

Maps of the Austro-Hungarian Empire from the 19th Century

Recommended website for thematic maps material

Considering the need to combine information from different ages to allow an objective assessment of the development of the Balkan Peninsula and its parts, we offer to users of our portal the insight with the maps, prepared by the Austro-Hungarian Empire from the end the 19th and early 20th centuries.

For the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria within the boundaries of this epoch, these are the areas and the vicinities of the following cities as follows with a year of preparation:

  • Burgas, 1903 г.
  • Varna, 1898 year
  • Vidin, ? year
  • Dzhumaya, 1913 year
  • Kyustendza, 1915 year
  • Plevna, 1897 year
  • Svishtov, 1913 и 1914 year
  • Silistra, 1904 year
  • Slivno, 1901 year
  • Sofia, 1898 year
  • Tarnovo, 1914 year
  • Phylipopol, 1903 year
  • Shumla, 1901 year

For those users who have other interest in historical references, maps, etc., BSDI organizers recommend that you search for additional information about other European cities of the same age through the link below.

Enter to the Maps of the Austro-Hungarian Empire from the 19th Century