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British Awards for Polish Soldiers

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  1. #251

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    Hello Everyone,

    Another Recommendation, this time for an N.C.O. of the Independent Machine Gun Company awarded the Military Medal.

    Lance Corporal Franciszek Ciężak

    "On 19th April 1945 during a heavy engagement on Kűsten Kanal / MR 7487 / Lance Corporal Ciężak displayed great bravery and coolness under intense enemy mortar and machine gun fire. He ran twice to a forward machine gun position and supplied it with ammunition. When the M.G. gunner was wounded, he took his place and opening fire at a very short range, repulsed the German counter attack".

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

    Dated : 28th June 1945

    Award : Military Medal

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Military Medal obverse

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

  2. #252

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    Another Recommendation again for the 1st Armoured Division awarded to an N.C.O. the Military Medal.

    Staff Sergeant Leon Olczak.

    "On 30th April 1945, an Infantry Battalion was fighting to gain a crossing over the River Leda at Potshausen (9110, map M2). The enemy, very well dug in, offered stiff opposition. The country was flooded and the road damaged and under fire near the approached to the river. Flame thrower carriers were called in, and during the approach march, made on the near side of the dike, all three became bogged. Staff Sergeant Olczak's recovery section was called in. Owing to the nature of the country, the recovery had to be made by using the recovery vehicle winch, using a cable about 200 yards long. Two men went forward with the attachment hook but hesitated under mortar fire. Staff Sergeant Olczak took the hook and went forward under mortar fire till he reached the carriers. Under his direction the first one was towed to safety. This operation was repeated three times.

    By his courage and disregard for personal safety, he was an outstanding example to his men working by the winch. By his action the flame throwers were in action that same evening".

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

    Dated : 3rd July 1945

    Award : Military Medal.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Military Medal obverse.

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

  3. #253

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    Whilst searching for something else yesterday, I came across the following Photographs of a Recipient of the Distinguished Conduct Medal awarded to an N.C.O. of the 10th Mounted Rifles.

    11301 Lance Corporal Franciszek Roczmierowski

    "On 1st May 1945, he greatly distinguished himself in the action to seize the bridges east of Remels (Germany). The troop in which he served as operator in troop leader's tank reached a bridge as M.R. 999246, which was found to be mined by the enemy. In spite of heavy machine gun and 20mm gunfire, he left his tank and managed to remove from the mines pull 2nd electric ignitors. Next he removed the detonator from a bomb dug into the road surface and pulled it aside.

    Wounded in the eyes by an explosion of a grenade, Lance Corporal Roczmierowski refused to be evacuated and took part in the further action of his troop.

    His high courage and devotion to duty enabled the troop to seize the bridge and contributed to the success which led to the surprise attack on the enemy's strong defensive positions at Remels and further east".

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

    Dated : 3rd July 1945.

    Award : D.C.M.

    The Distinguished Conduct Medal was sent to him from the War Office in September 1948.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Strz. Franciszek Roczmierowski 10PSK, before he was promoted.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Miniature Medals belonging to Franciszek Roczmierowski, including the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Por. Franciszek Roczmierowski KW, D.C.M. etc

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    An article announcing his death in 1971

    Franciszek Antoni Roczmierowski was born in Krakow on the 19th June 1920, after the end of the war in Europe he came to the UK with his Regiment and after being demobbed met and married Violet Edith Hunt. Franciszek Antoni Roczmierowski D.C.M. died on the 31st July 1971 aged 51.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Recommendation for the D.C.M. from the War Office

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Decorations and Medals awarded to St. Strz. (later Porucznik) Franciszek Antoni Roczmierowski D.C.M.

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

  4. #254

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    Another Recommendation this time for an Officer of the 2nd Polish Corps awarded the Military Cross.

    2nd Lieutenant Aleksander Starzeński, 7th Polish Anti Tank Regiment.

    "During the pursuit operations 16th and 17th April 1945, towards Medicina, at 14.00 hours as commander of an Self Propelled Troop, 2nd Lieutenant Starzeński showed great calmness and courage. At the moment when the enemy's fire had succeeded in stopping the attacking British tanks, he decided to continue the pursuit, thus drawing the armoured squadron after him. His outstanding courage and initiative led to the capture of Medicina. He was seriously wounded in this action".

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

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

    Dated : 30th June 1945.

    Award : Military Cross

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Military Cross obverse

    Aleksander Starzeński served with the Regiment at Monte Cassino when a Bomb.pchor. , Born in 1921 his Army Number was 1921-151-III, awarded the Monte Cassino Cross Numbered : 35492.

    Best wishes

    Andrzej
    Last edited by andrzejku98; 02-26-2020 at 03:25 PM.

  5. #255

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    Another Recommendation this time for an Officer from 18BS, 5KDP.

    Captain Stanisław Nazaruk

    "During operations against the line of the River Senio near Riomo di Bagno, from 19th December 1944 to 5th January 1945 Captain Nazaruk was in charge of supply arrangements to the forward company's. The conditions of work were very difficult, due to excellent enemy observation and continuous rain . The supplies were carried on mules and by hand and all had to be done at night. Despite constant casualties in killed and wounded Captain Nazaruk each night personally went up to the forward company's and ascertained the requirements of the fighting troops. Thanks to his great conscientiousness and devotion to his work, there was no instance in these difficult ground conditions of the fighting troops ever being without rations or ammunition.

    On the 16th April 1945, in the Battalion attack against units of 4th Parachute Division in area Canale di Medicina as a commander of a support company, he personally led a carrier platoon on a reconnaissance of the enemy's positions. The information he obtained had decisive effect on the capture of the Canal line and the establishment of a Bridgehead. This reconnaissance was carried out with great dash and drive and penetrated 2 Kilometres into the enemy lines, and was also crowned by the capture of approximately 50 POW's and 5 Spandaus".

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

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

    Dated : 13th August 1945.

    Award : Military Cross.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Military Cross obverse.

    Stanisław Nazaruk was born on 13th October 1903, Army Number : 1903-40-III, he was awarded the Monte Cassino Cross when a Podporucznik (2nd Lieutenant) serving with the 18BS, MCC Numbered : 19278.

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

  6. #256

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    Whilst surfing the net the other day I came across the following photograph, which shows the Legitymacja for the Virtuti Militari Silver Cross and the other medals awarded to Chief Petty Officer Tadeusz Domicz, I had already posted this in post 158. But I thought that with finding the original award I would post it again.

    Another British Award this time the Distinguished Service Medal awarded to Bosman Tadeusz Domicz

    "The King has been graciously pleased to approve the following Appointments and Awards to officers and men of the Polish Submarine “Sokol”. The Distinguished Service Medal to Chief Petty Officer Tadeusz Domicz, for two Mediterranean war patrols since October 1941".

    He Served onboard the O.R.P. Sokół, the award was announced on the 16th April 1942 and awarded in the Admiralty Building on the 28th July 1942 by Admiral Sir Dudley Pound.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Chief Petty Officer Tadeusz Domicz awards : Virtuti Militari, Cross of Valour with 2 Bars, British Distinguished Service Medal and the British 1939-1945 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star, Italy Star etc.

    Click to enlarge the photograph

    The Virtuti Militari Legitymacja is numbered 10323 and was awarded on the 15th September 1944.

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

  7. #257

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    Another Recommendation this time for an N.C.O. awarded the Military Medal

    Sergeant 20003 Józef Terlecki 2nd Field Regiment.

    "On 30th September 1944, during the fighting around Merksplas / MR 400512 / in Belgium Sergeant Terlecki displayed great coolness and disregard for personal safety under constant enemy shell-fire whilst administering first aid to wounded soldiers of 8th Infantry Battalion.

    On 31st October 1944 during the action on the Mark Kanal / MR 969425 / north side of Breda, he showed great coolness and personal courage whilst driving a Jeep between Artillery Observation post in full view of the enemy and under heavy mortar and artillery fire.

    Sergeant Terlecki has by his constant coolness and devotion to duty under the most difficult condition, been a fine example of bravery and quiet efficiency".

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

    Dated : 3rd July 1945.

    Award : Military Medal

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Military Medal obverse

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

  8. #258

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    Another Recommendation this time for an NCO awarded the British Empire Medal.

    Serjeant Andrzej Tarnowski 6675/III, Polish Army Service Corps, Polish Independent Brigade Group.

    "During the siege of Tobruk he worked continuously as interpreter to the Polish Army Service Corps, which played a large part in the maintenance of supplies for the fortress. Most of his work was carried out in dangerous and trying circumstances in the docks area of Tobruk which was subjected to heavy and continuous aerial and artillery bombardment by the enemy. In addition to this, his duty called for long periods of work, both by day and by night, often with little opportunity for rest. His work was one of great responsibility and was performed in a highly meritorious manner".

    Recommended by : Major General Stanisław Kopański

    Approved by G.H. Planner, Brigadier Commanding 1st South African Division.

    Approved by : W.H.G.Gott, Lieutenant General Commanding 13th Corps.

    Approved by : N.M. Ritchie, Lieutenant General, GOC, Eighth Army.

    Award : B.E.M.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    British Empire Medal in case of issue.

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

  9. #259

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    Another Recommendation this time for a soldier from 3DSK awarded the Military Medal.

    Private Jan Łazaruk, 4th Rifle Battalion, 3rd Carpathian Division, 2 Polish Corps.

    "On the 17th May 1944 as a member of an Assault unit in action against Height 593. This soldier showed quite outstanding courage and resourcefulness by liquidating a strong point of enemy resistance. Though wounded he continued fighting until completely exhausted and evacuated by order, from the battlefield.

    His bravery and courage inspired all fellow members of his unit to carry on the attack against very great enemy resistance".

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

    Approved by Lieutenant General O.W.H. Leese, GOC, Eighth Army.

    Approved by : General H.R. Alexander, Commander in Chief Allied Central Mediterranean Force.

    Granted an Immediate M.M.

    Dated : 16th June 1944

    Award : Military Medal.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Military Medal obverse.

    Born in 1924, Army Number : 1924-10-111, Unit : 4BSK awarded the Monte Cassino Cross Numbered : 8249 and the KW, he ended the war as a St.Strz. (Lance Corporal).

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

  10. #260

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    Another Recommendation this time for an Officer of the 12PULP awarded the Military Cross.

    Captain Jerzy Rędziejowski, 1911-191-III

    "Captain Rędziejowski as commander of a squadron of the 12th Podolski Lancers, on several occasions had the task of co-operating with the 7th Hussars. On 22nd July 1944 he commanded an attack by his own squadron contained "C" squadron 7th Hussars on Mount Ostra, under heavy artillery and mortar fire. Hill 215 and area 500 yards south of Ostra were captured, when he himself was wounded but he remained in control of his force, giving an example of courage and determination to his men which contributed largely to the eventual success of the action".

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

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

    Dated : 19th December 1944

    Award : M.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Military Cross obverse.

    Born in 1911 he was also awarded the Virtuti Militari Numbered : 8615, KW, SKZzM, MW, MCC Numbered : 1759, Wound Ribbon with 3 Stars.

    During the engagement in which he won the Military Cross, he was wounded in the eye.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Rtm. Jerzy Rędziejowski 12PULP

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

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