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Last Polish soldier of WWII opening battle dies (Westerplatte)
Associated Press ^

Posted on 08/06/2012 12:40:15 PM PDT by dfwgator

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Maj. Ignacy Skowron, the last known survivor of World War II's Battle of Westerplatte, has died. He was 97. Family friend Zofia Nowak said Monday that Skowron died at his grandson's home in Kielce, in southern Poland on Sunday after suffering circulatory, liver and pancreas problems.

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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; obituaries; obituary; worldwareleven
Westerplatte is the Polish "Alamo".

Battle of Westerplatte

1 posted on 08/06/2012 12:40:16 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Matt_DZ_PL; Cronos

Ping


2 posted on 08/06/2012 12:41:45 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: dfwgator

Skowron was released in 1940, and worked for Polish railways until his 1975 retirement....................... ??? Released by the Nazis?? A polish officer released??? No trip to Kaytn for him? There has to be more to this story.


3 posted on 08/06/2012 1:00:29 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft ( WHO WE ELECT AS PRESIDENT IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS WHO THEY APPOINT.)
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To: All

Absolutely an amazing story and one that got little play from the Germans once it was over.

The Poles fought like lions and continued to do so throughout Europe after their country had fallen.


4 posted on 08/06/2012 1:14:17 PM PDT by warsaw44
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To: Bringbackthedraft
If he had been in the East, as an officer, his bones would be mixed with thousands of others in the Katyn forest, a victim of Stalin's NKVD. It's ironic to say, but he was fortunate to have been captured by Nazis and not Communists.
5 posted on 08/06/2012 1:17:48 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: warsaw44

6 posted on 08/06/2012 1:19:24 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Bringbackthedraft

As Katyn was almost certainly the work of the Soviet Union, though rigged to look like the Germans did it, being held by the Nazis was a good way to avoid it.


7 posted on 08/06/2012 1:20:33 PM PDT by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: katana; Bringbackthedraft

The Nazis greatly respected the defenders of Westerplatte, after their surrender, even allowing the commander of the Polish garrison to keep his sword.

One other curious thing, was that one of the first orders Hitler gave to the Wehrmacht, was to place an honor guard at the grave of Marshall Pilsudski when they captured Krakow. It makes you wonder what would have been had Pilsudski survived.


8 posted on 08/06/2012 1:24:39 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Bringbackthedraft

Kaytn was there the Soviets kiled the Poles.


9 posted on 08/06/2012 1:25:57 PM PDT by packrat35 (Admit it! We are almost ready to be called a police state!)
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To: katana
It's ironic to say, but he was fortunate to have been captured by Nazis and not Communists.

"With the Germans, we lose our lives, with the Russians we lose our souls." - General Anders

10 posted on 08/06/2012 1:26:07 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: katana

A Polish soldier comes across a Nazi Soldier and a Red Army Soldier, which one does he shoot first?


11 posted on 08/06/2012 1:28:00 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: dfwgator

I had the honor of meeting a veteran of the 1944 Uprising. Just a wonderful experience.

I do not know who was more surprised: Me for the change to meet such a Patriot, or him for having met an American who knew about the uprising.


12 posted on 08/06/2012 1:29:35 PM PDT by warsaw44
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To: warsaw44

I posted this thread on August 1....the video was very touching, and it received a lot of hits.

There Is A City : Tribute to the Heroes of The Warsaw Uprising (August 1, 1944)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2913490/posts


13 posted on 08/06/2012 1:33:59 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: dfwgator

RIP.


14 posted on 08/06/2012 1:43:25 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: dfwgator

The Nazi.

Always put business before pleasure...


15 posted on 08/06/2012 2:19:03 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: GreenLanternCorps

Tak jest!


16 posted on 08/06/2012 2:21:06 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: warsaw44

Had a cousin send us a video last week of how Warsaw

comes to a stop on the anniversary of the Uprising

Powerful video of a huge city coming to a halt to

remember their heroic past


17 posted on 08/06/2012 2:22:12 PM PDT by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: dfwgator
In June 1984 I was participating in the reenactment of Brandy Station and met an old Polish Cavalryman. He sat and talked to us about how he cared for his horse and how they met the German Tanks on horseback and attacked those tanks with charges on the tips of lances. He described how the machine guns ripped their ranks to shreds. To this day it sends chills down my spine and amazes me of the bravery of the Poles.
18 posted on 08/06/2012 3:56:29 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: vetvetdoug

The most impressive thing was the performance of the Polish pilots during The Battle of Britain....they had the highest ratio of kills of any squadron...they were absolutely fearless...Britain owes a huge debt of gratitude to them.


19 posted on 08/06/2012 4:00:46 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: dfwgator
US air ace Francis Gabreski briefly served with a Polish RAF squadron prior to gaining fame in the P-47 (and the F-86 in Korea). Amazing career.
20 posted on 08/06/2012 4:16:16 PM PDT by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: dfwgator

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks dfwgator.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


21 posted on 08/06/2012 7:33:06 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Westerplatte is the Polish "Alamo".

In my book The Defenders of Westerplatte are second, only to the Defenders of Wizna, so called Poland's Thermopylae and before Major Hubal’s company.

They have been (no matter they all gone) my spiritual patriotic idols forever.

However, in the whole 1,000 year old history of Poland, the Heroes of Warsaw of 1920 are my absolutely A No1!

You all must see this movie (corrected & revised; w.English subtitles)

It's simply breathtaking!

Poland vs Soviet Union - The Battle of Warsaw

22 posted on 08/07/2012 4:10:08 AM PDT by Matt_DZ_PL
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To: dfwgator

Nazi.


23 posted on 08/28/2012 8:50:17 PM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: Cronos

Why?


24 posted on 08/28/2012 8:50:46 PM PDT by dfwgator
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