- Here s what I have on Khanaquin: From Tehran, the Polish army bases and their units traveled through the mountains onward to Iraq. The final liquidation ofMessage 1 of 2 , Apr 1, 2005View Source
Here's what I have on Khanaquin:
From Tehran , the Polish army bases and their units traveled through the mountains onward to Iraq . The final liquidation of these bases took place October 6, 1942
The first town they came to was Khanaqin. This became the cradle of AGPA. It was the camp Mullah Azis, near Khanaqin, on the Alwand River , on the desert of Iraq . The organizers of this great artillery unit in the history of the Polish Army were: the first Commander of Artillery of the 2nd Polish Corps General Roman Odzierzynski, and first Commander of *AGPA General Ludwik Zabkowski.
Throughout this time and much of 1943, the Polish Army in the East, would undergo tremendous health rehabilitation following their ordeal in the Soviet camps, followed by intensive training, and several reorganizations preparing it for battle. The majority of the future soldiers of the AGPA had passed through the hells of physical and moral suffering in Russia , and then the constitution of the AGPA, in its beginning. They nursed themselves through diseases such as typhoid fever, malaria, jaundice, scurvy, etc. In spite, of these conditions, the high moral of these soldiers, allowed the enormous effort of the organizing--instructing in Iraq . No sooner had Dad settled in a warm climate, where cold and disease were no longer his companions and he was moved further west.
From Khanaquin, they left down the dark asphalt roads in stretched columns of trucks loaded with soldiers. They went through Baghdad and through desert country into Jordan . My Dad remembered it being May 11, 1942, when the group he was with, crossed the Jordan River into Palestine . In his journal he writes that he arrived in Palestine , in a town called Afula, and then later onto *Karkur.
The 10th Med. Rgt. Polish Artillery was called to life in May of 1942, as the first �Medium� in the Middle East camp of Barbara, in Palestine . It was created by all the soldiers that arrived with the first evacuation/March, April 1942 Here they were stationed in a camp called *�Sanbarbi�.
I must add here that many of my dads pictures have �Sanbarbi� written on the backs of them. Pictures also say San Barbi or Camp Barbi.
I think an army photographer who took these must have handed a lot of these pictures out to the soldiers, who were in the pics, because many of my Dads also say Khanaquin or San Barbi.
The following year in March 1943, Heavy Artillery would be transformed, and reorganized in the great artillery unit renamed: �Army Group Of Polish Military�, (AGPA
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- Thankyou Anna. In addition to the photo taken in Khanaquin, I found a note which says for part of 1942..............Polish Army of the Middle East, Bagdad. IMessage 2 of 2 , Apr 1, 2005View SourceThankyou Anna.
In addition to the photo taken in Khanaquin, I found a note which says
for part of 1942..............Polish Army of the Middle East, Bagdad.
I believe I remember he said he had also passed thru Palestine.