Hello to the discussion group.
My name is Chris Wroblewski, I am doing research on my uncle Michal
Krzywoszanski who was tank mechanic in the 4th Skorpion armoured
regiment. He was a Lance Sergeant in the regiment's LAD"C" (Light
Assistance Detachment type C) and was in the thick of the fighting at
I am wondering if folks on this discussion forum would care to share
any memories or information they may have of family or friends that
were in the 4th Skorpion or took part in operations with the unit.
Some events in my uncle's life that I am curious about and trying to
-He and a large group of Polish soldiers in 1939 escaped German
captivity but were captured by Russian soldiers and sent to labour
camps where they endured severe hardship. They were later evacuated
to Persia thanks to General Anders.
-At Monte Cassino he moved damaged tanks off the steep roads during
the fighting, sometimes driving them off the road and jumping off
before the wreck tumbled down hill.
-Year later he helped build the tank memorial at Albaneta Farm, he
took many photos.
-He and other mechanics of his unit helped overhaul landing gear on
B-24 Liberators (possibly during the Warsaw uprising). These
particular B-24's were from the South African Air force and were
part of the British No. 138 Special Duties Squadron which also
included the Polish 1586 Special Duties Flight (301 Squadron) at
Brindisi Italy. This repair work possibly took place in the first
weeks of Sept 1944.
-As a motorcycle dispatch rider in Italy he traded his British BSA
motorbike with an American soldier for an Indian motorbike.
-He acted sometimes as an interpreter of captured German soldiers.
-In 1947 Michal and two close friends from his regiment arrived in
Montreal, they were Antek Dutekvich and Stanislawa Wojnarowicza.
Stanislawa had fought at Torbrok with the Carpatian infantry prior to
joining the 4th Skorpion; he later worked for Air Canada in Montreal.
Does anyone know of these two men?
Michal worked for Kingsway Transport in Montreal until retirement and
passed away in April 1987.
If anyone can share any stories, remembrances or suggestions as to
where I may find information it would be much appreciated. My cousin
Barbara Krzywoszanski (granddaughter)is in the process of obtaining
his military records from the UK MOD.
There is a memorial page to Michal at
which you may find interesting as it has many photographs and a
biography which still has many gaps I am trying to fill.
Thanks in advance for your patience an indulgence