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  1. #151

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    Hello Everyone,

    Some more faces of recipients of the Monte Cassino Cross:

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    Bishop Jozef Gawlina MCC 3

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    Kapitan Stanislaw Rogulski 2nd Corps HQ MCC 79

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    Plk Stanislaw Skowronski 2nd Corps HQ MCC 11

    Monte Cassino cross

    Kapitan Wldozimierz Drzewienicki 2nd Corps HQ Staff MCC 28

    Monte Cassino cross

    War Correspondent Melchoir Wankowicz (with arm raised) MCC 750

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    Kapitan Adam Jakubowski MCC 41622
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  2. #152

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    Some more Photographs of Recipients of the Monte Cassino Cross:

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    Kapitan Czeslaw Szolin MCC 42181

    Monte Cassino cross

    ks Boleslaw Zabludowski MCC 41465

    Monte Cassino cross

    Major Dr Stanislaw Krzywanski MCC 42175

    Monte Cassino cross

    Plk lek.dr. Marian Dietrich MCC 41447

    Monte Cassino cross

    Por lek Donat Massalski MCC 41456

    Monte Cassino cross

    Pplk Wladyslaw Dybowski MCC 43515

    Monte Cassino cross

    Pplk Stanislaw Sikora MCC 41627

    Monte Cassino cross

    Pplk Leon Kehle MCC 41454

    Monte Cassino cross

    Szer Leon Rzyski 24th Transport Company MCC 45063

    Monte Cassino cross

    Porucznik sap. Jan Czekalski MCC 38799

    Monte Cassino cross

    Kapitan Felicjan Pawlak MCC 14807

    Monte Cassino cross

    Major Stanislaw Malecki MCC 22677

    Monte Cassino cross

    Plk Czeslaw Obtulowicz VM MCC 21399

    Remember to enlarge the photographs click to open in a new page.

    Well I hope that you like what I have posted today.

    Best wishes

    Andrzejku

  3. #153

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    Hi there everyone!
    My Great Grandad was Polish and was among the Polish who moved to England after Monte Cassino. He lived in Wolverhampton with my Great Granny. Unfortunately, in the 80s someone broke in to their house and stole his war medals. They left some of the ribbons and I still have some of the issue books.
    I've always wanted to trace them and see if I could find out what happened to them!
    One of the medals I have been searching for is the Monte cassino cross. I have the stripes and book for this medal, but the medal and ribbon were stolen...
    The number is : 47305
    My Great Grandad's name was Stanislaw Biesaga and he was a Captain in the 12 Geographical company.

    There are a number of other medals I want to find, but I decided to look for this one first.


    Best wishes
    Emma

  4. #154

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    Hello Emma,

    May I be the first to welcome you to the Forum, your Grandfather was born in 1907, his service Number also found on his ID Tags (1907-195-III).

    I know what is like when an old friend and work colleague had his medals stolen a Virtuti Militai Cross of Valour and British DFC, they where stolen by some young kids, he was very fortunate to get them back.

    It is a shame that your Grandfather was not as fortunate. I have been collecting Polish Militaria since the 1970's and have not come across your Grandfathers medals or his name before except on the 12th Geographical Company List.

    I will keep my eyes peeled for this one.

    Best wishes

    Andrzejku

  5. #155

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    Thank you very much!
    I am determined to find them I have some other documents belonging to them - I'll post pictures when I get a chance!
    My Great Grandfather was one of the officers who avoided going to Katyn-the women of the family pursuaded him not to go, so he and the family went to Siberia for a while (my granny was a baby at this time) and then the family eventually ended up in Jerusalem. Then to England!
    I find my family history so interesting!

  6. #156

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    Hello Emma,

    May I be the second to welcome you to our forum. Best wishes in your hunt for your grandfather’s missing Monte Cassino Cross. We’ve had two such re-unions here recently, which considering the odds is nothing short of miraculous. So don’t give up hope!

    Your granddad’s other standard issue decorations would have been without serial numbers, so unless the original set is found intact with the MCC they will be impossible to locate if separated. However, by the same token, common period decorations can be easily found to replace those missing without appearing mismatched to documents. Please do post his surviving documents for us and we’ll gladly assist you in identifying what items to look for.

    Regarding your grandfather’s and his immediate family’s history, it is the same story shared by many of the Poles who served in the 2nd Corps and fought at Monte Cassino. However, the account you have of his avoidance of death at Katyn by virtue of a tip would not be entirely accurate. More likely, he would have first fallen into captivity as a POW after Sept. 17, 1939 when Poland was attacked from the east by the Soviets, Germany’s ally at the time. Following interrogation your grandfather, for one reason or another, was then transferred to some form of penal labour. Tragically, the majority of captured officers were murdered in one of the Soviet NKVD killing centers, the most infamous being the Katyn forest. But some managed to elude this fate.

    The typical Soviet method was then to locate the family and forcibly deport them as well to suffer untold misery in the wastelands of the USSR. This is how your family likely found themselves in Siberia. Countless thousands perished under the harshest conditions of overwork, starvation, and disease. Those that managed to survive until mid-1941 were “amnestied”, the term used falsely as it suggests that these people were guilty of something. Those that received news of their freedom (many did not) were left to their own devices to find their way across long distances in an unfamiliar land to where the Polish Army was being formed. This was the genesis of what eventually became the Polish 2nd Corps.

    It’s great to read that you find your family history interesting. And it certainly is! There are many excellent books on the topic that I would highly recommend. Check our book thread here: Books

    I encourage you to continue your research and can assure you that you will find the effort not only fascinating, but enriching.

    Cheers,
    Tony
    All thoughts and opinions expressed are those of my own and should not be mistaken for medical and/or legal advice.

    "Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday." - John Wayne

  7. #157

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    Hi Emma, if you are living in the UK and would like a copy of the book "The Ice Road: An Epic Journey from the Stalinist Labor Camps to Freedom " by Stefan Waydenfeld which describes one families experience of being deported to Siberia and life in the arctic tiagia just send me a PM with your address and I will gladly mail you a copy signed by the late author.

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    To expand on Tony's excellent synopsis, the above book also includes an essay I wrote giving an overview of historical context to the deportations of Poles to USSR, the formation of 2PolCorps which your GGFather served under, the political wrangling that went on in the background leading eventually to the Polish forces, which included my late father, arriving in England after the end of the war in Europe. Twenty illustrated pages that might fill in some of your own family history blank pages
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  8. #158

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    A few more photographs of the Recipients of the Monte Cassino Cross:

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    Porucznik Edmund Wronski MCC 27597

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    Porucznik Andrzej Rutana 6PPanc MCC 30371

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    Porucznik Ryszard Patorski 6PPanc MCC 30367

    Monte Cassino cross

    Podporucznik Jozef Jabczynski 6PPanc MCC 30347

    Monte Cassino cross

    Sierzant Stanislaw Baran 6PPanc MCC 30400

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    St.Panc. Jan Ankutowicz 6PPanc MCC 30393

    Monte Cassino cross

    St.Panc. Stefan Blaszczyk 6PPanc MCC 30424

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    St.Sierzant Piotr Mackowiak 4PPanc MCC 29350

    Monte Cassino cross

    Ulan Jan Zubek PUK MCC 38740

    Monte Cassino cross

    Plutowny Wladyslaw Chadukiewicz PUK MCC 38209

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    Podporucznik Janusz Baranski PUK MCC 38114

    Monte Cassino cross

    Rtm. Marian Karpinski 1PUL MCC 29686

    Thats all for today, I hope that you all like them and watch this space for more to come

    Best wishes

    Andrzejku

  9. #159

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    Brilliant...many thanks Andrzejku
    I collect, therefore I am.

    Nothing in science can explain how consciousness arose from matter.

  10. #160

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    Hello Again Everyone,

    A few more faces this time from 3DSK

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    Kapral sp. Adam Jarski Mcc 868

    Monte Cassino cross

    Kapral Feliks Kolando MCC 7548

    Monte Cassino cross

    Kapral.pch. Jerzy Czech VM KW MCC 3215

    Monte Cassino cross

    Kapral pch. Jerzy Machowicz MCC 9194

    Monte Cassino cross

    Kapral pch.(Ppor) Stanislaw Drozdz MCC 1262

    Monte Cassino cross

    Kapral Stanislaw Kucharczyk MCC 6709

    Monte Cassino cross

    Kapitan Edward Maslona VM KW (USA) Silver Star MCC 1605

    Monte Cassino cross

    Kapitan Julian Knapik MCC 1506

    Monte Cassino cross

    Ks Marek Maszkiewicz MCC 1621

    Monte Cassino cross

    Major Leon Firczyk MCC 1293

    Monte Cassino cross

    St.Strz.pch. Boguslaw Harok MCC 5325

    Monte Cassino cross

    Pulkownik Roman Szymanski MCC 1898

    Monte Cassino cross

    Plutowny Jan Boniecki MCC 2964

    I hope that everyone likes the photographs.

    Best wishes

    Andrzejku

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