Monday, August 1, 2011

Poland, Warsaw Uprising 1944

Warsaw - Uprising 1944.
Monument of the Little Uprising Soldier.  Insurgent in battle.  Monument of the Uprising Fighters.  Insurgents "Rybak" and "Kajtek".  Warsaw Uprising Monument at Krasinski Square.  Insurgents emerging from the sewwers.  Warsww Uprising Museum at Grzybowska Street.  Monument of the Little Uprising Soldiers in Zoliborz.  Patrol of the battalion "Piesc".

photo: J.i R. Jablonscy

This is postmarked in 2010 from Poland with a machine stamp.

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The Warsaw Uprising (which began on August 1, 1944) was a major World War II operation by the Polish resistance Home Army, to liberate Warsaw from Nazi Germany, ahead of the Red Army advance. The rebellion coincided with retreat of German forces and Red Army approaching the eastern suburbs of the city. The Soviet advance stopped short, however, while Polish resistance against the German forces continued for 63 days until the Polish surrendered.

Although the exact number of casualties remains unknown, it is estimated that about 16,000 members of the Polish resistance were killed and about 6,000 badly wounded.  Also, together with earlier damage suffered in the invasion of Poland (1939) and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (1943), over 85% of the city was destroyed by January 1945, when the Soviets entered the city.

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