From the photograph attached of my grandfather Adam Kardasz born 1888, I have learned from members of the Group (thank you) and also from a military forum that he is wearing a wz.1917 "Ulanka" tunic - and I believe the photo was taken late WWI or during Polish-Soviet War. I have also learned he is wearing a 'maciejowka cap' worn by the Polish Legions which had a Polish eagle cap badge, he has wavy lines on his collar typical of a Polish army branch and he is wearing an officers belt. The overcoat could be part of a hussar uniform. Riding pants and boots were worn by all offices, as was a sabre, since officers rode on horseback. All this from just one photo. Was he in the Polish Legion or was he a Polish Uhlan, did he fight in WWI and the Polish-Soviet War?
To try to answer these questions I have searched many military bases and cannot find his name listed. Does anyone know where is I can look to try and find his army records during that time. I knew my grandfather until the age of 14 and he never recounted his army experiences suffice to say that he had 'spent most of his life in the army', which leads me to believe he entered in at an early age.
I know as a war veteran he was given free land in Kresy - Jalowiki, as I have the land deeds.
In later years - he served in WWII in the Polish Army (allied forces) and Antoni has already found records at Hoover, there are records ref 2323/21 re Kardasz Adam, St Sierzant who was inprisoned at Priluki and Odessa and sent to Nieftiepromysl 2, UchtizmLag. He was receiving an Army Pension in UK.
Can anyone in the group point me in the right direction please to try to figure out the early years.
Louise McCalla UK