THE BLACK DEVILS MARCH
A Motorcycle Dispatch Rider
We wish to present our next display with character of soldier from Polish Forces on the West (Polskie Siły Zbrojne na Zachodzie – PSZ) - 1st Polish Armoured Division under general S. Maczek.
Our first presentation was a platoon commander of 1st Polish Armoured Division and you can see this display here:
1st Polish Armoured Division - THE BLACK DEVILS MARCH
We created also a figure of Ukrainian girl soldier of Red Army medic troops from the Eastern Front, which you can see here:
RED ARMY - medical instructor
The inspiration to create the next display was a real character of Tadeusz Tkacz, not much known, modest man, whom life could be a screenplay for action movie, and his way to the 1st Polish Armoured Division was very untypical and amazing.
We met Tadeusz many years ago, and he told us about his war adventures and his fate during World War II. His presence is a symbol of Polish fight spirit and bravery, and also a symbol of affection of freedom and romantic spirit.
In September of 1939 as a boyscout he was defending Polish land against the entering German Army. Later, as he was living in Silesia, the Germans wanted to take him to the Wehrmacht. The Germans were treating the area of Silesia as a part of Germany, not occupied Poland, so also the people from this region were treat as native Germans by the Nazis.
Tadeusz ran away to central Poland, and in area of city Kielce he joined a group of partisans. When "liberating" Red Army enter Poland in 1944 Tadeusz ran to occupied Czech Republic and than to Austria, but he had been cought by the Germans and sent to concentration camp Mauthausen. As a prisoner he was sent to clear the streets of Linz from ruins after Allied air raids. He escaped succesfuly with his friend and after long and dangerous way they crossed the border of Principality of Liechtenstein, where they were safe, however completely exhausted. Their brave escape became so much famous, that even the Duchess of Liechtenstein visited them in the hospital.
After Tadeusz felt better and get back the strength he moved to Switzerland and than to France, which had been liberated already. He joined Polish Army and became a Motorcycle Dispatch Rider in 1st Polish Armoured Division. He got a motorcycle, which he was dreaming about before, and he had a Colt M1911A1 pistol, which was the best gun ever made, as he always say.
When the war was over, he bought the motorcycle from the Army and returned with his vehicle to Poland. He was persecuted by communist regime, however he succesfuly finnished the studies as veterinary surgeon. Taking the photos was his passion, and thanks to that he recorded incredible photo documentation of Silesian city Raciborz (Ratibor before the war). The town had been captured by the Soviets untouched, as the Germans did not defend it, but drunk Soviet soldiers burned the city and totally destroyed it.
Back to our presentation. We show photos of Polish motorcycle riders from the 30s and Campaign in France 1940. There are some photos of Polish troops in Scotland and photos from campaign of 1944 / 1945. Also some pieces of field equipment used by Polish Forces on the West in 1940 and 1944 / 45 period.
Polish motorcycle riders and their motorcycles
Reconstruction of figure of Polish motorcyclist from the 10th Cavalry Brigade.
Photos from magazine Archeologia Wojskowa 1 / 1992.
Motorcycle CWS M111 SOKÓŁ 1000 M111 from collection of Krzysztof Mazur.
FRANCE 1939 -1940
French propaganda postcard of 1939.
Newspaper MATCH issued in October 1939 with artice which informs about the last days of the Polish campaign "The last hours of heroic Polish defense”
The cover photo of the new Polish president Władysław Raczkiewicz
Newspaper LE MIROIR issued in November 1939 with article which informs that Polish Army was recreated in France.
Polish and British soldiers. France 1939
Photos of Polish motorcycle riders in France 1940
French Army fuel barrel from 1939.
French grease container.
French coat used in motorised units, French helmet m1926 with Polish eagle, Basque beret in khaki colour, French gas mask.
Gloves used in motorised units, wire cutters for barbed wire, French car fire extinguisher, French tent half / rain poncho and bread bag.
French rifle ammo, containers to oil and grease from rifle cleaning kits and ammo pouch to machine gun magazines.
French Army gas masks.
French aid packs and stamp of Polish Red Cross issued in Paris in 1939.
French field kitchen and field gear of Polish soldiers in France.
Big food container (French), French drinking cup, and advertisement of Polish restaurant in France.
Polish waterbottle M1938 from Campaign of 1939, bring to France by Polish soldier.
Newspaper that informs about creation of Polish Army in France in 1939, goggles, biscuits tin, drinking cups, French tea bag, French candys bag, saferty razor, razor blades and brush, dentifrice powder by Polish company F. Puls exported and sold in France. French medicine against cold. Envelope to photos.
Cigarettes TANGRA, DE TRUPE, Tobacco JOB, Ashtray Garage Guilbert, Agence RENAULT, Safety razor GARDETTE, Razor LE CRELOT THIERS FRANCE, Razor blades LA FANA, LAME S.O.S , ILE DE FRANCE LUXE, Tin Pastlies NONGRYP Suchard, Cacao Suchard, Biscuits Pernot, Pastiles VICHY-ETAT, Aspirine „USINES DU ROHNE”, Paper Bags THE LIPTON, Toffees exquis SUTTI, Dentifrices Savon Dentifrice Fr.Puls Varsovie and GIBBS PARIS, Soap Savon Toilette COMPAGNIE „ESPERANCE”
France, the hope of the Polish and the whole civilized world, capitulated .... but the Poles fight on.
German, British and Polish (Generalgouvernement ) books and newspapers from 1940. French canteen m1935 and British mess kit ww1 model, production 1936, used by the British Expeditionary Force
Polish soldiers evacuation to the UK
Photos of Polish motorcycle riders – Scotland, England 1940-1944
Parts of the uniform – shirt, special wool socks, motorcycle boots
Motorcykle Dispatch Rider rubberised pants
Vademecum of Soldier-Driver (this manual book had several editions in Great Britain and in the Near East)
Polish Post Stamps issued in Great Britain
Polish postcard and British postcard from WWII
Polish soldiers ready to action
FRANCE, BELGIUM, HOLLAND 1944-1945
Motorcykle Dispatch Rider coat battlefield relic 1944
Special bags to carry reports and documents
GOGGLES USED IN 1ST ARMOURED DIVISION
Polish goggles (upper photo cames from book: Maja i Jan Łozińscy „Życie codzienne i niecodzienne w przedwojennej Polsce” Warszawa 1999.)
Canadian or US goggles, British goggles
American and British goggles
British anti dimming remedy to lenses of the goggles ANTI-DIM CLOTH
Polish tank damaged, and equipment taken outside: Jerry Cans, British mess kit, US food rations, captured bottle of French champagne used by the Wehrmacht.
BRITISH AND US JERRY CANS USED IN VEHICLES OF THE 1ST ARMOURED DIVISION.
German tanks: Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger and Panzerkampfwagen V Panther destroyed by Poles.
German Jerry Cans from 1939 and 1942.
German car VW Kübelwagen captured by the Poles and Wehrmacht general taken to prison.
Captured motorcycle Zündapp.
Wehrmacht Jerry Cans (there is Czechoslovakian Army fuel can from 1938 among them, in German painting Dunkelgelb RAL 7028, Wehrmacht Olive)
All presented uniforms, parts of field equipment and personal items are from D.&T. BIENEK COLLECTION
D.&T. BIENEK COLLECTION would like to wish you all a Happy Year 2015.
We wish to thank you for all your comments and help in creation of our presentations, we hope to cooperate in the new year.
Dziękujemy za wszystkie wasze uwagi i pomoc w pracy nad naszymi prezentacjami, liczymy na dalszą współpracę w nowym roku
Dabi & Tom