Ok I will send you privately. It's my pleasure to help you complete the missing pages.
Regarding my grand-father, his story before & during WWII is quite unknown to me. I will send you the "military" documents I have about him privatly (if I succeed)and so you'll see.
In (quite) short :
He was born 1922 in Przemysl (I had the chance to go there but too short a time to find any clue!). We never knew anything about his family. I remember he had great hate against Russians and would never ever go back to Poland.
By the time, I started to be interested in that period and more aware of all the events he would go through, I did not dare to bother him with this. I'm sure it's a terrible story, like many at this time.
My grand-mother was also Polish, near Lodz. She was brought by Nazis, with sister, to work in German farms.
I never really understood where and how both met. It was during war time. My father is born in 1943 in Alsace (German at this time as you know).
After the war, my Gd-mother stayed in France with husband & child, while her sister would return to Poland. By great chance, the link with her family in Poland is still alive and strong nowadays ;-)
After war, both would go to any places where they were offered a job (coal mine, farm hand..)and finally established in Normandy.
Now I want to tell this : as a result, and for many years now, I remain deeply touched (more than touched!) by all those human destinies tremendously affected, shaken, broken (I hardly find the words in English) because of wars. I may never know more about my grand-father, put his very puzzle together but still I feel concerned with every puzzle! I'm moved to see so many people remain concerned also.
My speech was quite long, I hope I did not bother!
--- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com, John Halucha <john.halucha@...> wrote:
> Hi, Severine,
> It would be really great to get the missing page(s). Thank you for your kind offer. Feel free to send it (them?) to me privately when you have a chance to go back to the cemetery to take the photo(s).
> Can you tell us more about your grandfather? Name, rank, unit in which he served, etc.?
> Did he settle in the Caen-Falaise area after the war, and is that how you happen to be there yourself?
> John Halucha
> Sault Ste Marie, Canada
> From: ssoroka2002 <ssoroka2002@...>
> To: Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Thursday, March 1, 2012 4:22:06 PM
> Subject: [Kresy-Siberia] Re: Langannerie Cemetery photos
> Dear John,
> I'm really glad that you appreciate my posting.
> I don't have pictures of the cemetary directory but I can go there and take the missing page. I live in the region and this would not be a huge detour for me. So I'm not telling I go tomorrow ;-) but I can for sure.
> My grand-father was in the 1. Polish Armoured Division as I can see from his discharge certificate from the Witley Camp (the doc I failed to attach to my previous message :-)
> Kind regards
> --- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com, John Halucha <john.halucha@> wrote:
> > Hello,ÃÂ SÃÂ©verine.
> > Thank you very much for posting your photos of the 1st Polish Armoured Division cemetery in Langannerie, France. It brought back strong memories of my visit there to pay respects in 2010.
> > I have photos of several grave markers and if any members are interested in a particular one I will see if I have it, and if so am happy to send it privately.
> > I also photographed (almost) all the pages of the cemetery directory and will send a copy of a page to anyone who wants to check a particular name, rank, army number, birthdate or date of death.
> > Unfortunately, I discovered too late that I somehow missed the very first page, so my photos begin with "Babczyn'ski J. (Egemann H.) strz., 34710, 16/02/1922, 20/08/44."
> > SÃÂ©verine, if you happen to have photographed the page with the names that come before this one, I would love to get a copy.
> > I was very touched by the care that France still takes, so many years later, of the graves of Polish and Canadian soldiers who fell on French soil. IÃÂ had a wonderful time in France and was also impressed with the generosity of drivers towards bicyclists and pedestrians.
> > John Halucha
> > Sault Ste Marie, Canada
> > ________________________________
> > From: ssoroka2002 <ssoroka2002@>
> > To: Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com
> > Sent: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 5:49:55 PM
> > Subject: [Kresy-Siberia] Witley Camp : discharge certificate
> > ÃÂ
> > Dear Members,
> > I joined the group for some years now but have mostly kept silence :-)
> > So I just wanted to add 2 documents in the group, my grand-father's documents, as "testimony".
> > - Discharge Certificate from the Witley Camp, 1948
> > - Campaign Star
> > Kind regards
> > SÃÂ©verine
> > PS : the group is very rich and I still need to discover it!