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  1. #221

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    Hello Everyone,

    Another Recommendation, this time for the Military Cross to an Officer of 2nd Armoured Regiment.

    Captain Władysław Jakubiec.

    "On 2nd October 1944 at Weelde/Belgium MR 095158/ as a Squadron Commander during the attack on the Railways Station, when the advance of the Squadron and a Company of MOT Battalion was held up heavy enemy Anti-Tank, Mortar and Machine gun fire. He advanced alone in his tank in the face of enemy anti-tank fire destroying from an entirely open position an anti tank gun. His action inspired all the soldiers of the Squadron, who without further orders advanced straight into the enemy fire barrage. Due to the conspicuous bravery of Captain Jakubiec and the example set by him the Station was taken in a very short time, with small losses despite heavy enemy opposition".

    Recommended by : Major General Rudnicki, GOC 1 Armoured Division.

    Dated : 28th June 1945

    Award : M.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Military Cross obverse.

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

  2. #222

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    Hello Everyone,

    Whilst doing a bit of surfing last night I found the following Photographs which I thought I would share with you all.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Wing Commander (Major) pilot Teofil Pożyczka VM, KW x 4, D.S.O., D.F.C. photograph taken at RAF Bawtry in 1945

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Teofil Pożyczka Awards.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Group Captain Robert Beill VM, KW, C.B.E., D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Group Captain Robert Beill after being decorated with the C.B.E.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    C.B.E. (Military Division) in case of issue

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Distinguished Flying Cross obverse.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    25th October 1944 Air Vice Marshal Saunders awarded the D.F.C. to Flight Lieutenants Władysław Jan Potocki and Henryk Józef Pietrzak

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Outside of the Hanger 25th October 1944 both Potocki and Pietrzak smile for the camera.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    RAF Leconfield 15th December 1940, Squadron Leader Witold Aleksander Urbanowicz receives the D.F.C. from Air Marshal Sholto Douglas.

    Click to enlarge the photographs in a new window.

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

  3. #223

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    Hello Everyone,

    Over the weekend I came across the following photographs taken on Thursday 16th December 1943, during a presentation of Awards to Officers of the Polish Army "For their contribution to the Allied Cause". The presentation was made by the Commander in Chief of Home Forces, General Sir Bernard Charles Tolver Paget G.C.B., D.S.O., M.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    General Sir Bernard Charles Tolver Paget G.C.B., D.S.O., M.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Generals Kopański, Regulski, Paszkiewicz, Maczek

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    General Bronislaw Regulski receiving the Companion of the Order of the Bath (Military Division)

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Companion of the Order of the Bath (Military Division)

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    General Stanisław Maczek receiving the Companion of the Order of the Bath (Military Division)

    Also awarded the Companion of the Order of the Bath (Military Division) General Gustaw Paszkiewicz

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    General Stanisław Kopański receiving the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) and the Distinguished Service Order.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Commander of the Order of the British Empire obverse (Military Division)

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Distinguished Service Order reverse

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Plk. Stanisław Witkowski, receiving the Commander Cross of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division)

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Plk. Stanisław Włodzimierz Paweł Gano, receiving the Commander Cross of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division)

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Plk. Jerzy Krubski, receiving the Commanders Cross of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division).

    That is all for today, I will post the remainder over the next couple of days.

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

  4. #224

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    Hello Everyone,

    to follow on from my last post I also found the following photographs of the following Recipients of the Order of the British Empire

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    General Paget presenting the Officer Cross of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) to Pplk. dypl. Jerzy Zaremba

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    O.B.E. (Military Division) in case of issue.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    The photograph was titled General Paget presenting the Order of the British Empire to Pplk F Rezabek, but after looking through the Officers Yearbooks and Officers of the Reserve Yearbook I could not find anyone listed. Also not listed on the List of Polish Amrd Forces awarded British Awards.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Incorrectly Identified as Pplk. Morbitzer.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    General Paget awarding the O.B.E. (Military Division) to Pplk.dypl. Bronisław Stanisław Chruściel

    The last photograph was indeed very special not only to me but also to the Generals Son who I spoke with on Saturday and emailed him the photographs.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Pplk.dypl. Bronisław Stanisław Chruściel in civilian attire in 1939/1940.

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

  5. #225

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    Hello Everyone,

    The following Group is up for sale by Spink & Son

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Squadron Leader Stanisław Józef Żurek P1102, Born 3rd May 1911 in Krakow, flew as a Pilot with 304 Squadron and was awarded the Virtuti Militari Silver Cross Numbered 8446, KW with 2 Bars, ML with 3 Bars and the O.B.E.

    He died in Runcorn on the 11th July 1979.

    It is stated that the above medals came from the Family and have been in the collection of the present owner for the last 20 years

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

  6. #226

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    Hello Everyone,

    Another photograph that I have found is for Squadron Leader pil. P0209 Włodzimierz Bereżecki 318 Squadron KW x 2, ML x 4, D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Kpt.pil. Włodzimierz Bereżecki

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    D.F.C. in case of issue.

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

  7. #227

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    Hello Everyone,

    A few more photographs of Recipients of British Awards, receiving their Awards :

    25th January 1942 at the Headquarters of the Polish 1st Corps at Bridge of Earn, General Andrew Thorne, GOC Scottish Command, decorated the following Officers.

    They both received the O.B.E. (Military Division).

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    O.B.E. (Military Division) in case of issue.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Pplk. Jerzy Deskur

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Pplk Jerzy Deskur, Studio Portrait showing O.B.E. (Military Division) Ribbon

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Major Edward Baltutis

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

  8. #228

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    Hello Everyone,

    Another Recommendation, this time for the O.B.E. (Military Division) awarded to Colonel Ludwik Ząbkowski.

    Commanding Officer A.G.P.A.

    "Colonel Ząbkowski has been commander AGPA during the whole time the 2 Polish Corps has been in action in Italy. He has handled hia Regiments with Skill and determined energy and by his untiring efforts has contributed in no small measure to the success of the 2nd Polish Corps, from the battle of Monte Cassino to the breaking of the Gothic Line. He has frequently had British Medium and Heavy Regiments under his command, and due to his efficient leadership, they have worked alongside his own Polish Regiments as one team. He is a very fine commander and has well earned the admiration and respect of his Staff and those serving under him".

    Recommended by : Lieutenant General W. Anders, C.B., Commanding 2 Polish Corps.

    Approved by : Lieutenant General R.L. McCreery, G.O.C., Eighth Army.

    Dated : 19th December 1944.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Pulkownik Ludwik Ząbkowski speaking with General Anders

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    O.B.E. (Military Division) in case of issue

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    O.B.E. (Military Division) Scroll presented to Pulkownik Ludwik Ząbkowski.

    Pulkownik Ludwik Ząbkowski also received the Following awards :

    Virtuti Militari Gold Cross Numbered : 85, Virtuti Militari Silver Cross Numbered : 9968, KW (1918-1921) with 3 Bars, ZKZ, Monte Cassino Cross Numbered : 9 etc.

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

  9. #229

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    Hello Everyone,

    Another Recommendation this time for the 1st Armoured Division, for the Distinguished Service Order.

    Major Witold Berendt.

    "On 8th August 1944 near Caen Normandy, during heavy aerial bombardment of tank road convoy, Major Berendt showed great courage and bravery in spite of constant bombardment and exploding ammunition risking his life at every moment. He gained control of the situation and helped to rescue several wounded men. During the whole Caen-Falaise Campaign he commanded the Regiment practically by himself, due to heavy losses in Regimental Head Quarters officers with very good results. Working without rest day and night he always found time to visit his batteries and troops on several occasions under enemy artillery and mortar fire and by his coolness and determination encouraged the men in critical moments. On River Maas/Holland when Regiment was used to perform Infantry Role, he always took part in Recce parties and helped to organise most forward outposts under enemy observation and fire".

    Recommendation by Major General Rudnicki, GOC, 1 Armoured Division.

    Dated : 28th June 1945

    Award : D.S.O.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Distinguished Service Order in case of issue obverse.

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

  10. #230

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    Hello Everyone,

    Another Recommendation this time for the Order of the British Empire awarded to a Lieutenant Colonel.

    Lieutenant Colonel Kazimierz Kuś, 5WPAL

    Recommendation States :

    "During the fighting along the River Senio on the morning of the 10th April 1945 when due to contradictory reports, it was difficult to ascertain what the situation was in area Solarolo (Between Rivers Senio and Santerno). Lieutenant Colonel Kuś, personally went up in an Air OP and from a low height, in spite of enemy fire he observed the situation and also ascertained that tanks on the south east outskirts of Solarolo were our own. This information was of great value as it enabled an appreciation to be made of the situation and the cancellation of the arranged artillery concentration on that locality".

    Recommended by : Lieutenant General Szyszko-Bohusz, Commanding 2 Polish Corps.

    Approved by : Lieutenant General R. L. McCreery, GOC Eighth Army.

    Dated : June 1945

    Award : O.B.E. (Military Division).

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    O.B.E. (Military Division) in case of issue obverse.

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

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