According to Wikipedia, "During the Italian Campaign the Polish II Corps
lost 11,379 men. Among them were 2,301 killed in action, 8,543 wounded
in action and 535 missing in action."
Is that possible? It amounts to a quarter of the men General Anders
brought out of Russia--or was the "Army" reinforced after Monte Cassino?
The Wiki article on Monte Cassino says that the Polish 2nd Corps
numbered "about forty thousand." Since the Anders Army of 1942 included
airmen, sailors, Jews who remained in Palestine, and no doubt others who
dropped out over the next two years, I suppose there HAD to be
reinforcements, to keep the numbers almost the same. Probably some of
the men who escaped into Romania in September 1939 and who made their
way south instead of east?
Incidentally, rummaging around in Wikie produced this evocative photo of
the cemetery at Pahlevi / Bandar Anzali:
- Dan Ford US