Aleksander Topolski has an excellent photo of Anders taken by the
official photographer at the army's Camp Barbara high school in Palestine.
The General came in late 1942 to address the men who were studying there to
finish off their "matura" certificate in order to be eligible to become
officers. By chance, Aleks was asked to reply to him on behalf of all the
students and so he is also in the photo.
Aleks wound up in Signals at Anders corps headquarters as it moved north
through Italy with the advancing Polish forces. On the day that Polish
troops took the monastery high on the hill at Cassino, Aleks delivered to
Anders a congratulatory telegram which had come in from General Alexander.
He took along his photo of himself and Anders at Camp Barbara. General
Anders autographed it for him with the words (in Polish) "From Camp Barbara
to Monte Cassino. W. Anders. 18th May l944."
I will try to get a good scan of that photo for the K-S site.
Aleks is now working on the second volume of his memoires to follow
"Without Vodka". That first volume ends when he left the USSR from
Krasnovodsk and landed in Persia (Iran)in 1942 after crossing the Caspian
Sea with Polish troops and refugees. During most of his service in the
Middle East and up through Italy, Aleks lived in tents. And so he calls his
second volume "Without A Roof" (=WAR).
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