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Article about: I live in London and I am from an Army family but have a particular interest in my wife's Grandfather, Dr. Brigadier General Ludwik Zabkowski, commander of the 2nd Artillery Group of the 2nd

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    I live in London and I am from an Army family but have a particular interest in my wife's Grandfather, Dr. Brigadier General Ludwik Zabkowski, commander of the 2nd Artillery Group of the 2nd Polish Corps.
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    Hello Engimaracing,

    May I be the first to welcome you to the Forum, your wife's Grandfather General Bryg. Dr. Ludwik Ząbkowski, born 1st February 1891, died 1st December 1973 in London.

    He was awarded the following Awards by the Polish Government both IIRP and the Government in Exile.

    Virtuti Militari Gold Cross Numbered : 85

    Virtuti Militari Silver Cross Numbered : 9968

    Both awarded whilst serving with the 2nd Corps in Italy as a Pulkownik (Colonel)

    Order Odrodzenia Polski, Polonia Restituta

    Grand Cross

    Commanders Cross

    Officers Cross (1936)

    Krzyż Walecznych 1918-1921 with 3 Bars

    Krzyż Walecznych 1939-1945

    Złoty Krzyż Zasługi z Mieczami (Gold Cross of Merit with Swords)

    Złoty Krzyż Zasługi (Gold Cross of Merit)

    Medal Wojska (Army Medal 1939-1945)

    Medal Pamiątkowy Za Wojnę 1918–1921 (1918-1921 War Commemorative Medal)

    Medal Dziesięciolecia Odzyskanej Niepodległości (10th Anniversary of Independence Medal)

    Srebrny Medal za Długoletnią Służbę (Silver Long Service Medal 20 Years)

    Brązowy Medal za Długoletnią Służbę (Bronze Long Service Medal 10 Years)

    Krzyż Pamiątkowy Monte Cassino (Monte Cassino Commemorative Cross) Numbered : 9

    Plus the following Allied Awards :

    Legion of Merit (Commander) U.S.A. award dated 28th January 1948

    Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (Officer / O.B.E. Military Division) 1945.

    1939-1945 Star

    Italy Star

    1939-1945 Defence Medal

    1939-1945 War Medal

    From your attached photograph the VM Silver Cross seems to be a replacement, the first KW is a post 1991 issue whilst the WW2 KW without a date should be the one with the 1918-1921 Ribbon and the 3 Bars this should also be numbered on the reverse between 1-3000 +.

    The ZKZzM is another modern replacement with the swords pointing down, when they should be pointing up.

    Enigmaracing the above is not criticism I am just pointing out what I can from the photograph.

    If you would like I can post photographs of originals so that if you wish to replace them at least they will be original to the period.

    Once again Welcome to the Forum

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

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    Hello Enigmaracing,

    Many thanks for your email regarding the Award of the OBE to your wife's Grandfather Plk. Dr. Ludwik Ząbkowski (Later General of Brigade).

    I have found the following photographs from the Investiture, which I thought I would share with everyone.

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    Polish 2nd Corp interest

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    Polish 2nd Corp interest

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

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