Hi Amy, there s something quite wonderful about the contrast of having transcribed post-it notes on a world odyssey and your mother s part in valuing yourMessage 1 of 10 , Sep 7, 2011View SourceHi Amy, there's something quite wonderful about the contrast of having transcribed post-it notes on a world odyssey and your mother's part in valuing your father's experiences, as well as having some interesting mementos.
My father kept a scrap of map that helped him get to Anders' Army and a parachute fragment of a German pilot shot down over England. There was a general superstition that if you carried a square of parachute in your pocket you'd never have to use one again.
He also had a silver ring designed from a silver coin in Baghdad, 19 42, of a soldier between two palm trees but sold that for cigarettes.
--- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com, Amelia Remmert <aremmert@...> wrote:
> Hi All
> My dad, a soldier at the beginning of WWII and imprisoned in numerous places in Russia, eventually landed in Siberia. After the big release, he fought in the Polish Div. of 8th English Army and was in the signal corp. He was in North Africa and numerous places in Italy, and fought at Monte Cassino.
> Because he did not read English well, my mother read An Army in Exile to him outloud. Although I have no knowledge of whether the statics are correct, my dad could relate very well to the entire saga. He rarely talked about his experiences but the book triggered his willingness to relate his own experiences. So my mother began writing his personal stories and memories on post-it notes on the pages of the book to which they related. I have since transcribed those notes but left the post-its in the book so they don't lose their full meaning as they relate to the various incidents. According to my dad, Anders got the facts pretty darn well. My dad was 24 when the war started.
> I think this book was instrumental in giving dad the interest and maybe permission to begin to tell his story. However, I think if it wasn't for my mother, some of artifacts of his time in the army would have been lost. We still have his paybook issued by the English, his shaving brush and razor, his commendations and the Monte Cassino Cross, his army drivers license and his ensignias from his uniform as maybe a few more items. At one time we even had a beret that he wore but that has been lost.
> Amy Remmert
> Kalamazoo Michigan
I was very moved and inspired by Army in Exile . To me Anders leadership, integrity and personal charisma are made almost tangible in his writings. MyMessage 1 of 10 , Sep 7, 2011View SourceI was very moved and inspired by "Army in Exile". To me Anders' leadership, integrity and personal charisma are made almost tangible in his writings.
My husband, whose family has been in the U.S. since at least the 18th century, was equally impressed with Anders' account of the war; so much so that we found a copy to give to his brother.
On a personal note, my father is mentioned twice, although not by name!
The first time is on p.16 (Battery Press, U.S. ed.)when Anders mentions that many people came to see him in the hospital in Łwow (this was in early to mid October). My father, a young officer, came in civilian clothes to ask permission of General Anders for him to escape through Hungary. Anders not only assented, he gave my father some money to help during his travels (after many incidents, he arrived in Paris on 1.12.39).
The second mention is on p.105, Chapter XI, where Anders writes that many of the officers he met in Scotland in April '42 had fought with him in Poland and had also visited him in the hospital in Łwow (my father was among Sikorski's first paratrooper trainees but he eventually requested and was granted a transfer to the Middle East).
So maybe I am not being very objective about the book, but I still would highly recommend it to all of our members!