- The Sikorski Institute in London has wonderful old railway maps of Poland pre 1939. Chris Gmitrowicz Birmingham England ... Sign up to the MSN Premium serviceMessage 1 of 3 , Jun 30, 2004View Source
The Sikorski Institute in London has wonderful old railway maps of Poland pre 1939.
>From: "bathwells2002" <bathwells2002@...>>Reply-To: Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com>To: Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com>Subject: [Kresy-Siberia] My Quest - Repariation from Italy>Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 11:20:08 -0000>>Firstly, thank you all for welcoming me into this group!>>My Father served as an Officer in Africa and Italy during WW2.>Throughout my life he has never really spoken in detail about his>experiences and we (his family) had little idea of exactly what he>did. It was one of those taboo subjects! We were aware of a diary he>had written, it being locked away with his medals but no members of>the family apart from my Mother had ever seen it.>>Recently, he started talking about his past, revealed the Diary and>has indicated that he wants his story to be passed on following his>death.>>As we all know, at the end of WW2 there were a large number of>Polish troops in Italy. Arrangements were made to transport them>home to Poland and volunteers sought for 'repatriation'. Intially>some 2,000, mainly enlisted men, came forward. Two trains were>organised and my Father was the OIC of the second train. By the time>he returned from his mission rumours were circulating as to the fate>of the returned troops and no further trains were organised>for 'voluntary repatriation'.>>His Diary covers the journey and I'm trying to trace the route for>him. All is fairly straight forward during the early stages ->Salzburg, Linz, Ceske Budejovic, Tabor, Pardubice and Usti nad>Laben. On entering Cz they had picked up a Russian Officer>as 'escort' and as my Father was not permitted to have a map he had>to rely on the Officer's version of place names!>Their next point after Usti nad Laben was "Mittelwald" and he is>certain this was inside Poland. This could either be "Mittelwald =>Miedzyesie" or "Mittelwalde nr Walbrzych" and the disembarkation>took place a few hours later at a place called "Kozli". I can find>no trace at all of "Kozli", the nearest I could find is Koslin =>Kosalin which being on the Baltic coast makes no sense.>>Has any member any ideas as to the destination, access to old>railway maps etc ? Most important of all, what was the fate of the>passengers?>>Tank you for your help.>>
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