- Anna, this quote says it all, this is why we exist. You can destroy the body but never the Polish spirit or the faith in God. No matter what nationality orMessage 1 of 5 , Feb 26, 2013View Source
Anna, this quote says it all, this is why we exist. You can destroy the body but never the Polish spirit or the faith in God. No matter what nationality or religion, faith and spirit are one giving the Will to live and survive.
Superstar, thank you :)
It's for the Anders Army in Action section of EGO. I'm also including this wonderful quote from Jozef Czapski 'The Inhuman Land' for anyone intersted.It is immediately after the victory at Monte Cassino:
"My most vivid memory was of soldiers making their way back through a forest of burnt-out oaks transformed into a thicket of stumps, or climbing down the steep footpaths surrounded by the bodies of the recently fallen. We encountered many soldiers near total exhaustion, unshaven, their faces covered with white dust, their bloodless eyes almost transparent. They had seen their nearest comrades die. They fought hand-to-hand, they had killed but they had escaped death. On meeting me, when after the battle I made my way up the slope, they greeted me like a long-lost brother from the other side. There was in them that tremendous newly-born joy of living, that blissful brotherhood which they shared with me. I realised that they were the same soldiers whom I accepted into the army in the steppe of the River Volga, then emaciated slaves, who reached us having survived a thousand ordeals, shadows of their usual selves, whom the NKVD did not manage to exterminate in the Katyn or other woods, or forced into labour camps. It was the joy of life returning or perhaps just the meeting of death eye to eye, almost touching it, which grants that radiant intensity of will to live and of the love of life"
--- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com, Mark wrote:
> 1. 8th Army main effort - breaking through the Liri valley and driving on to Rome.
> Pol 2 Corps - in general, take Monte Cassino and operate against Piedimonte
> 2. Soldiers! The moment for battle has arrived. We have long awaited the moment for revenge and retribution over our hereditary enemy.
> Shoulder to shoulder with us will fight British American, Canadian and new ZealandÂ divisions, together with french, italian and indian troops. The task assigned to us will cover with glory the name of the polish soldier all over the world. At this moment the thoughts and hearts of our whole nation will be with us.
> Trusting in the justice of Divine Providnece we go forward with the sacred slogan in our hearts; God, Honour annd country.
> Mark T.
> From: annapacewicz
> To: Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Monday, February 25, 2013 7:07:58 PM
> Subject: [www.Kresy-Siberia.org] Anders "Army in Exile" book
> Dear Group,
> I have loaned out my copy of General Anders, "Army in Exile" book and I need a reference. If anybody has a copy could you please quote me the following excerpts:
> 1) The command given to Anders to take Monte Cassino. It was something very to the point like "open the road to Rome"
> 2) General Anders Order of the Day for the Monte Cassino battle
> Many thanks
> Anna Pacewicz
- Dear Group, March 24, 1944 Col. Kazimierz Wisniowski, the Chief of Staff of the 2nd Corps took part in the briefing and he later recalled that Gen. Leese toldMessage 2 of 5 , Feb 26, 2013View SourceDear Group,
"March 24, 1944 Col. Kazimierz Wisniowski, the Chief of Staff of the 2nd Corps took part in the briefing and he later recalled that Gen. Leese told General Anders: "unless you, Sir, will not want to undertake the task, in which case I will have to look for another corps that will carry out that difficult duty. He then added: I give you 10 minutes to decide, after which I will ask your answer....Gen. Anders made his examination of conscience aloud: Monte Cassino is a fortress that many nations have fought for, a fortress known through out the world. If I refuse, the Corps will be employed in the Liri Valley where the attack will also bring heavy casualties, but spread over longer period of time.[...] If we capture Monte Cassino,...we will put the Polish case - now so suppressed - at the forefront of the world's issues and will give the Polish government a new asset in defence of our rights. I think that in the present conditions, for the good of our nation's future and for its subsequent generations, the cost-effect balance [...] is positive." pp93-94 Zbigniew Wawer "From Buzuluk to Monte Cassino" ISBN 978-83-61529-39-2. Command decisions are never easy!
Ewa D. - Nevada