In today�s (Mon. July 12, 2004) Globe and Mail (published in Toronto and
known as Canada�s National Newspaper) there is a long obituary plus large
photo of Janusz Wiazowski (1916-2004) on horseback under the headline
�Polish army cavalryman settled on Quebec farm�. The subheading reads
�Pitted against tanks during the 1939 invasion of Poland, he fought in one
of history�s last cavalry actions.�
The subheading is rather misleading. Captain Wiazowski is quoted in
the obituary as telling people over the years �The Polish cavalry were brave
but not insane. We did not attack German tanks on horse, as was reported by
some American newspapers at the time, But when we found ourselves surrounded
by German armour, we had no choice but to ride between them to escape.�
Wiazowski eluded his Soviet captors before his group was taken to
Katyn and made his way to fight in France, where he was awarded the Croix de
guerre three times. He then was interned in Switzerland. Demobbed in
Scotland, he settled in Quebec�s Eastern Townships in Fulford, near
Cowansville. During the summer he ran a riding school.
He was born in Jasien in Galicia, then still part of the
Austro-Hungarian empire. In 1936 he went to the cavalry school in
Grudziadz, graduating in May, 1939.
To read his full obituary, go to
After July 12, go to the newspaper�s site globeandmail.com and
search for the obit as-- Polish army cavalryman settled on Quebec farm
N.B. The Globe files seem to be case sensitive, so use the capital letters
to begin Polish and Quebec.