Calling all military history experts in the group.
I am trying to piece together my grandfathers war records. I received from the
military archives in Warsaw everything up until 1934. I need to fill in some
Edward Pach served as a captain in the Austro-Hungarian army in WW1 on the
Italian and then the Serbian fronts. After independence in 1918 he served first
on the Silesian front against the Czechs and then on the Lit-Byel and Ukrainian
fronts in the Polish-Soviet war where he was promoted to rank of major. From the
archives I learnt the he was in the 20th Infantry regiment and, using
information from Norman Davies’ book, I believe this was part of the Fourth Army
of General Szeptycki. He was a close friend of Major Henryk Sucharski, with
whom he served in the 20th which was based in the Krakow Military District. In
1934 he was transferrd to Brzesc nad Bugiem to join the 82nd Infantry Division
as, according to my fathers memoirs Quartermaster and Deputy Commander. The
records of his service in Brzesc were apparently lost or perhaps taken elsewhere
for safe keeping. In any case they are not in Warsaw.
Its at this point it gets a bit confusing. On 7th September 1939 he left Brzesc
to join the fighting against the Wehrmacht. However, he must have been
transferred to another regiment because the 82nd was taken prisoner by the NKVD
after the Germans passed control of Brzesc to the USSR.
Sources in Poland suggest that he was transferred to the 35th which was Major
Sucharski’s regiment but he was not at Westerplatte. I am trying to identify
which regiment he was transferred to and where he was taken prisoner and by
which German General. He was held at Ofalg Murnau VIIA until 1945 after which he
was transferrd to Warbug Dossell which was in the British sector.
He did not return to Poland and his place of death is not known. The last
correspondence my father received was from Ingolstadt where he was mulling over
two options either to stay in Germany or to come to England. The latter is the
more likely and I am following up this hypothesis; that through Major
Sucharski, who by that time had joined General Anders in Italy, he was able to
be included on the List of Displaced Persons to be settled in the UK. I have
written to the Sikorski Institute in London and Internationaler Suchdienst in
Bad Arolsen for help.
Once again any nuggets of infroamtion would be gratefully received
Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia i Szczesliwego Nowego Roku
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