The Polish Government started moving some of its 38 tons of gold to eastern Poland just before war broke out. But the German advance was so fast, it was decided to move the gold across the Romanian border in Sniatyn. The Romanians reluctantly agreed, and on 13th Sept, nine goods wagons, sealed and padlocked, set out to Konstantsa on the Black Sea where it was loaded onto a tanker. The rest of the journey is the stuff of movies, and in fact just recently the spiriting out of the gold from Poland formed the climax of a spy drama, 'Spies of Warsaw', on British TV.
From Konstantsa to Istanbul; train through Syria to Beirut; ship to Toulon, France, where the gold was once again in Polish hands. The plan was to keep it intact to fund the rebuilding of Poland after the war. The polish govt and its army in France was financed by Allied bank loans.
Not done yet! France fell June 1940- gold on its way to Casablanca - then Dakar in Senegal - then deep into central Africa (now Mali) - rescued in 1944 by US and divided bet. banks in UK, US and Canada. The post-war communist govt. gains control of gold. Wartime bank loans cancelled (£32 million), but Poles to pay £3 million in gold.
Informatiom from Polish Institute of National Remembrance (www.ipn.gov.pl).