Oh my God. Thank you for sharing that with me/us. What a fantastic memory/adventure for you. I
honestly don't know how you and my parent's generation ever survived that incredible dangerous
I guess, back then desertion was incredibly serious. Soldiers were shot on the spot. Today, it
does not warrant even a court martial it seems.
My father's two brothers had to serve in the Russians army. Like you, they had no choice. One died
at Warszawa gates in 1944 and is buried at the Warszawa military graveyard, next to a General of
Well I truly enjoyed all those pictures and it brings a lot of feelings/emotions to me. Even though
I'm too young to have been in the war, I remember playing in the WWII aftermath, the ruins, the
absence of food, etc. ... the Russians soldiers in my Polish home town ,... me and my 10 year old
friend were shot at by Russians soldiers with high powered rifles,.. I think they were simply using
us as target practice. Looking back, we were extremely lucky they were not very good shooters and
Najlepszego dla ciebie.
] On Behalf Of romed46
Sent: April 9, 2006 5:20 PM
Subject: [Kresy-Siberia] WW II pictures by Zbigniew
They are indeed amazing photos and I enjoyed viewing them. The photo
of Polish soldier in Russian uniform, with putties around his legs
is so authentic and brings ,to me ,so many memories of those days.
However I believe that photo No. 163 "Samolot pil. Sikorskiego z
wyznakowymi krzyzami.." is incorrect. I believe that the photo is of
the plane of Squ. Ldr. S. Skalski who shot 21 German planes. I can
not find any mention of pil. Sikorski shoting down any German
planes.I notice that in a photo No.052 of plk. Zygmunt Berling his
eagle has no crown. I have met him on July 26, 1942 in Krasnovodsk
where he was a commanding officer of a Polish Army Office. Entry in
my diary for that day is: " .....I told corporal that I wished to see
the officer in charge. He wanted to know the reason for my request
and I told him that we wished to join the Polish Army. He left us for
a few minutes and when he came back he said that colonel Berling will
see us shortly. After a while we were asked to enter an office.
Behind a desk was colonel in Polish uniform, we saluted him and I
introduced myself and my friends and stated that we wished to join
the Polish Army. He asked me where we came from and when I told him
about our escape from the Russian Army he asked me for the discharge
papers . I told him that we did not have any discharge papers, that
we have escaped from the Russians to join the Polish Army. The
colonel stood up,lokked at us sternly and yelled at us that we were
deserters, that we had no right to leave Russian Army without
permission and told us to get out of his office before he called NKVD.
Quietly we backed out of his office........ "
That, Zbigniew is my recollection of plk. Berling.
We eventually left Russia for Persia and I and two of my friends
ended in Great Britain and the third friend at Monte Cassino.
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