I m sure there is a lot of academic information on Poland s preparedness for war, which may be more illuminating, but would like to share a story told to me byMessage 1 of 14 , May 31, 2007View SourceI'm sure there is a lot of academic information on Poland's preparedness for war, which may be more illuminating, but would like to share a story told to me by a wonderful gentleman, Commander Julian Czerwinski, who a decade or so ago took me on a guided tour of Gdansk when I was there to visit my great-aunty in Gdynia.On a sunny day in August 1939 he was with the merchant navy in Gdansk watching the Schleswig-Holstein sail peacefully into Gdańsk. He was also there on 1 September, when the Schleswig-Hosltein attacked the Westerplatte early in the morning. It was a sunny day in August as we went up the Vistula with him on a ferry, while he recounted what had happened and watched the boats sail in. Very eerie.Either that winter or the following one, he, his good freind and my great-uncle Commander Kazmimierz Szczesna and a few others who had been in the merchant navy tried to escape by skating or skiing across the Baltic Sea which had frozen all the way from Poland to Sweden. They were only kilometres away from Sweden when they were captured by the Nazis and imprisoned for the duration of the war.Louise BłażejowskaSydney, Australia
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