It wasn't until I began reading Dr. Mark Ostrowski's link at our
group's site that I began to wonder more about the Kadeci.
My father was in the Kadeci, and I always thought that it was a
military school. Stefan told me a long time ago that the Kadeci
have had a long history. If someone from our group would answer
some questions about it for me, I would appreciate it.
What were the ages of the boys that belonged to the Kadeci?
As in everything else during the war, my father told a white lie
about his age to join. I have a picture of my father when he was
14 with the uniform on, but he looked like 10. I don't know which
year he joined. I was told that in the military lineup, he was so
short that he was at the end of the line. I never knew this while
he lived. Was one supposed to go directly from Kadeci to the
army? How old would one be at induction into the army?
Would a man retain his Kadeci rank when joining the army?
I noticed in Dr. Ostrowski's site that many men quoted there
had Kadeci rank (Cadet Officer, etc.). When would a man
lose the Kadeci status and attain regular army rank? Upon
entering the regular army, would Kadeci outrank enlisted men
but be directly underneath the officers in rank?
Finally, if I write the Ministry of Defense in the UK, would I be
able to get my father's records even though he was never in the
regular army? The war was over, and when my family got to
England, my father attended college instead of taking the army
route. He was still quite young. I said on Friday that my father
was quiet, but only about Siberia. He spoke of the Kadeci very
often and with fond memories.
Sorry for all the questions. If you'd like to read Dr. Ostrowski's
work, please go to the group site, click links, and it is the following:
"The Dilemma Facing the Polish Armed Forces at the End of the
Second World War."