Comments on: August in Poland: Foreign Fighters in the Polish Resistance http://www.krakowpost.com/9756/2015/08/august-in-poland-foreign-fighters-in-the-polish-resistance Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:57:48 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 By: michal karski http://www.krakowpost.com/9756/2015/08/august-in-poland-foreign-fighters-in-the-polish-resistance#comment-1860005 Wed, 13 Jun 2018 11:13:37 +0000 http://www.krakowpost.com/?p=9756#comment-1860005 Here’s the specific reference from p. 287:

“Like any major pre-war city, Warsaw contained a large variety of foreign communities. As a result, the Home Army attracted a corresponding variety of non-Polish fighters, among them Turks, Serbs, Georgians, Slovenes, Russians, Britons, Irish and even Germans. One AK battalion contained a distinct platoon of Slovaks who had fled from the fascistic regime in their own country.”

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By: michal karski http://www.krakowpost.com/9756/2015/08/august-in-poland-foreign-fighters-in-the-polish-resistance#comment-1860004 Wed, 13 Jun 2018 09:20:20 +0000 http://www.krakowpost.com/?p=9756#comment-1860004 I’m in the middle of reading Norman Davies’s magisterial ‘Rising ’44’ and a Turkish insurgent is mentioned.

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By: michal karski http://www.krakowpost.com/9756/2015/08/august-in-poland-foreign-fighters-in-the-polish-resistance#comment-1857651 Sun, 06 May 2018 12:01:06 +0000 http://www.krakowpost.com/?p=9756#comment-1857651 I’ll try this:

https://www.polskieradio.pl/68/787/Tag/88393

(I did mention Italians)

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By: michal karski http://www.krakowpost.com/9756/2015/08/august-in-poland-foreign-fighters-in-the-polish-resistance#comment-1857649 Sun, 06 May 2018 11:53:10 +0000 http://www.krakowpost.com/?p=9756#comment-1857649 More info:

In a 1963 recording from the Radio Free Europe archives – (I don’t seem to be able to post a link for some reason) – noted historian Jozef Garlinski lists foreigners fighting alongside the AK. Apart from the nationalities mentioned in the above article, he mentions also Yugoslavs and Italians.

Garlinski’s Irish wife Eileen was a member of the underground movement and took part in the Warsaw Uprising.

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By: michal karski http://www.krakowpost.com/9756/2015/08/august-in-poland-foreign-fighters-in-the-polish-resistance#comment-1857634 Sun, 06 May 2018 07:28:14 +0000 http://www.krakowpost.com/?p=9756#comment-1857634 Since the three remaining crew members found themselves in German captivity, then my fictional scenario from way back

http://bieganski-the-blog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/the-bronson-film-we-never-saw-by-michal.html

does not seem so improbable.

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By: michal karski http://www.krakowpost.com/9756/2015/08/august-in-poland-foreign-fighters-in-the-polish-resistance#comment-1857610 Sat, 05 May 2018 23:31:09 +0000 http://www.krakowpost.com/?p=9756#comment-1857610 Have just discovered an article about seven American airmen (US citizens) who fought alongside the AK partisans after their plane was shot down over Poland:

pilot Louis Hernandez,
drugi pilot Thomas J. Madden,
bombardier Joseph C. Baker,
nawigator Alfred R. Lea,
mechanik Anthony Hutchinson,
strzelec boczny Herschell L. Wise
strzelec boczny Robert L. Gilbert.

Further info (in Polish) here:

http://www.aircraftmiaproject.org/publikacje_artykuly_02.html

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By: Dr Andrew Chanerley http://www.krakowpost.com/9756/2015/08/august-in-poland-foreign-fighters-in-the-polish-resistance#comment-1849931 Sat, 24 Feb 2018 11:50:28 +0000 http://www.krakowpost.com/?p=9756#comment-1849931 Cheers Michal,

Yes you are right, it includes Austrians, also Ukrainians (e.g. Galicia Division) and other nationalities etc. The main force though were the Germans, indoctrinated from an early age and ready to perpetrate any atrocity in Hitler’s name.

Regards
Dr Andrew Chanerley

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By: michal karski http://www.krakowpost.com/9756/2015/08/august-in-poland-foreign-fighters-in-the-polish-resistance#comment-1849691 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 23:31:48 +0000 http://www.krakowpost.com/?p=9756#comment-1849691 Dear Andrew

As a matter of fact, in all of my reading of Polish wartime memoirs, such as those of Ambassador Raczynski, Jan Nowak-Jezioranski or Jerzy Lerski, I don’t remember the term “nazisci” ever being used: it was either “Niemcy” or “Hitlerowcy”. Perhaps you’re right and perhaps it’s time to re-think the convention of using the term “Nazi”, especially as the German government itself has recently declared that Germany and no-one else bears full responsibility for the death camps on Polish soil.

The trouble is, if we say only “German”, then the focus does tend to fall on what is today’s Germany and not on the Third Reich, which, of course included Austria after the Anschluss, hence the all-embracing term “Nazi”.

Many thanks for your contribution and thank you for your intercession on behalf of Ewka.

Michal

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By: Andrew Chanerley http://www.krakowpost.com/9756/2015/08/august-in-poland-foreign-fighters-in-the-polish-resistance#comment-1849643 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:20:44 +0000 http://www.krakowpost.com/?p=9756#comment-1849643 Ewka has a point, using ‘Nazi’ neutralises ‘German’, it gives the impression that a ‘Nazi’ is something or someone other than a ‘German’ and of course there were many non-German ‘Nazis’ as well. Ewka wants to set the record straight that Poland wasn’t overrun by Nazis and Germans, but by Germans only with a few other nationalities in German uniforms.

Regards
Dr Andrew Chanerley

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By: michal karski http://www.krakowpost.com/9756/2015/08/august-in-poland-foreign-fighters-in-the-polish-resistance#comment-1820815 Sun, 04 Jun 2017 18:25:43 +0000 http://www.krakowpost.com/?p=9756#comment-1820815 Here’s another find: Ron Jeffery was a Brit in the Polish Resistance. There’s a book and a film.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Jeffery

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