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    Wondering if anyone can help me, after trying to research my grandfather with no luck,i eventually got a break through with the British MOD, but unfortunately I cannot make any of the documents out any help identifying them would be a massive help thanks a lot lee
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    Hi from the paperwork it say's Strzelec (private) Bernard Wolentarski, born in 1914, entered the Polish Army on the 16th VIII 1939, on the 21st VIII 1939 he swore his army oath, unit is the 65 Pulk Piechoty (65th Infantry Regiment).
    He is in Poland till the 19th IX 1939, nothing further is known until he shows up in England on the 17th VII 1944.
    It mentions he is serving with various Engineer units in the UK, 7th Engineer Company, 16th Engineer company.
    From the 5th XII 1946 he is with the Polish Resettlement Corps.

    One of the papers mentions his speciality was sapper bridge building.

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    Thanks for the reply, cichociemny
    Is there anywhere you know that i can find out any information? Its all been a mystery in our family and now we know a little were trying to find out more thanks

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    Hi, sorry I missed one of the documents the first time around.

    In one of the brackets it asked if you lived in any countries longer then a year and in what capacity, his answer is:
    Germany 39-42 Soldier
    France 42-44 Soldier
    Italy 44-46 Soldier
    Then it mentions the date he enlisted in the Polish Army in Italy under British Command as 27th II 1944.
    His first posting was 17th Engineer Company of the 7th Infantry Division. He is with this unit till 1945 then he is with the 2nd Warsaw Armoured Division till 1946.

    I am not sure what the story is with his 1939 to 1944 years, either he was a Prisoner of War who escaped and made it to Italy or he was a Pole who was forced to serve in the German Army and did a runner in 1944 to join the Polish Army.

    Please remember there were thousands of Poles who were forced to served in the Wehrmacht and many deserted or were captured and enlisted in the Polish Army once given that chance.

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