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Zbyszek – brief history of the military service

(based on official documents - in relation to other contemporary events)

Zbigniew Wajszczuk based on official documents - in relation to other contemporary events.

  • 09.18.1939 – captured (POW) in Tarnopol, private, 6. supply battalion

  • 10.05.1939 – arrived from Szepietówka to the POW camp in Równe

  • 09.02.1941 – “de-registered” from the camp files, destination - railroad station Mazkał(?); (Tockoye)?

  • 09.02.1941 - under the same date enrolled officially into Gen. Anders’ Polish Army in the USSR.

  • 07.20.1942 – Yangi-Yul, corporal, reserve, called to active service – Artillery Training Center of the Polish Armed Forces, student – Officer Cadet School, Commandant - Brig. Gen. Bogusz-Szyszko

  • (July 4, 1943 – Gibraltar – death of Gen. Wladyslaw Sikorski)

  • (June 6, 1944 – Normandy landing – Operation Overlord)

  • 02.25.1944  – Training Center #10 (Italy), corporal, Officer Cadet – awarded Ordinary Parachutist Pin, Commandant - Mjr. Krizar

  • (May 11-19, 1944 – (4th) Battle of Monte Cassino

  • (June 6, 1944 – Normandy landing – Operation Overlord)

  • 07.17-18.1944 – Battle of Ancona

  •  (Sept. 17-25, 1944 – Battle of Arnhem – Operation Market Garden)

  • 04.9-21.1945 – Battle of Bolonia (05.08.1945 – VE, end of World War II in Europe)(Capua, Italy – oral/dental surgery)

  • 12.21.1945 – Artillery Reserve Officer Cadet School – First Lieutenant, Instructor of the AROCS, 5-th course, Matera, Italy

  • 02.20.1946 – Army Training Center, First Lieutenant, award certificate for the 1939-1945 War Star and for the Italy Star

  • 01.14.1947 – Command of the Heavy Artillery Regiment #12 – certicate, badge of the 12. Regiment

  • 03.16.1947 – Order #165/46 from the II Corps, Army Training Center, Award certificate for the Army Medal

Conclusions: It is concluded that, after release from the Soviet captivity, Zbyszek was enrolled in the artillery Officer Cadet school in 1942, in 1943(?)/44 underwent special commando “cichociemny” training, at least a part of it in Italy (during which he sustained a back injury), participated in the battle of Ancona and Bolonia and probably after the end of WW-II completed his artillery training with resulting promotion to the rank of first lieutenant.




Tripartite Political Meeting

December 1, 1943
Conference Room, 6:00 PM
Soviet Embassy





President Roosevelt

Prime Minister Churchill

Marshal Stalin

Mr. Hopkins

Foreign Secretary Eden

Foreign Commissar Molotov

Mr. Harriman

Sir Archibald Clark Kerr

Mr. Pavlov

Mr. Bohlen

Major Birse



Bohlen Minutes



THE PRESIDENT stated he thought that there were two main questions to be discussed: the question of Poland and the treatment of Germany. (…)

MARSHAL STALIN replied that Russia, probably more than any other country was interested in having friendly relations with Poland, since the security of Soviet frontiers was involved.

He said the Russians were in favor of the reconstitution and expansion of Poland at the expense of Germany and that they make distinction between the Polish Government in exile and Poland.

He added that they broke relations with Poland not because of a whim but because the Polish [Poles] had joined in slanderous propaganda with the Nazis. (…)

The Russians would welcome relations with a Polish Government that led its people in the common struggle but it was not sure that the Polish Government in exile could be such a government. However, he added, if the government in exile would go along with the partisans and sever all connections with the German agents in Poland, then the Russians would be prepared to negotiate with them.

THE PRIME MINISTER said he would like to obtain the views of the Soviet Government in regard to the frontier question, and if some reasonable formula could be devised, he was prepared to take it up with the Polish Government in exile, and without telling them that the Soviet Government would accept such a solution, would offer it to them as probably the best they could obtain. If the Polish Government refused this, then Great Britain would be through with them and certainly would not oppose the Soviet Government under any condition at the peace table. He said the British Government wished to see a Poland strong and friendly to Russia.

MARSHAL STALIN replied this was desirable, but it was not just for the Poles to try and get back the Ukraine and White Russia; that the frontiers of 1939 had returned the Ukrainian soil to the Ukraine and White Russian soil to White Russia. The Soviet Government adheres to the 1939 line and considers it just and right. (…)

Although nothing definitely was stated, it was apparent that the British were going to take this suggestion back to London to the Poles.


Prepared by: Waldemar J Wajszczuk & Paweł Stefaniuk 2009
e-mail: wwajszczuk@comcast.net lub