hello to everybody, I'm starting my visit here with a request for help.
I'm researching my grandads military history. He was polish and I was born and brought up in the uk.
I am applying for his service records but this may take a while.
I will firstly tell you what I know.
He was Kazimierz Jan Wierzbianski born 1914 and was made a officer in 1939
He was a 2nd lieutenant officer in the 1st krechowiki lancers (358/III) no 9898
He fought in the September campaign in 1939 and I have some copies of his military diary.
I still have his tunic. This has the 1st Krechowieki lancers badge and also the polish 2nd corps badge and the polish 2nd warszawski armoured division badge.
Medals or bars on his tunic point to
Cross of home army (2x?)
Cross of merit with crossed swords
Army medal for war
Cross of valour (2x possibly)
Polish war cross
39-45 service medal (uk issue)
France and Germany star (uk issue)
He died in 1998 with the rank of major
I'm wanting ideally to know what happened after the September campaign, the 1st Krechowieki appears to have served through Italy but france germany star would appear to contradict this??
Also I would love to find a photo of him, family rumor is that he was in charge of 5 Sherman tanks but that's all we know. Again this points to Italy but no Italy star.
One final point, after death his ashes were sent to Poland for a military funeral, I would love to find out about the grave or events from that day. Any links or groups would be great.
I hate to stride into a group wanting help but I really would appreciate any info/pictures you may have
Ps, to see the tunic, search for Chris Wizz on flicker and it's in my medals album.