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Uniforms and Insignia of the Polish Underground State

Article about: by dastier PPsh 41 in use during the Warsaw Uprising. Where would AK battle group "GURT" have sourced these Russian weapons? During the Rising or earlier from Russian partisan grou

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    Hi Emil, I hope you enjoy these few scans of the several hundred Home Army units photographs I have managed to collect over the years

    74 A.K. P.P.

    Uniforms and Insignia of the Polish Underground State

    Uniforms and Insignia of the Polish Underground State

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    Uniforms and Insignia of the Polish Underground State

    Uniforms and Insignia of the Polish Underground State

    Uniforms and Insignia of the Polish Underground State

    Below: BCh partisan group "Piotra" with British Sten submachine-guns

    Uniforms and Insignia of the Polish Underground State
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    Hi guys,

    A book I can recommend is called 'Powstanie Warszawskie' the front of the book feature the Polska walcząca symbol, it was published sometime in the late 50's. I have a copy, I'll look up more details of it such as the authors and exact publishing dates tonight. Nice book full of large pictures from the Warsaw Uprising, showing all aspects of it.

    Mike, thanks for posting that wonderful ryngraf! Very much in the pre-war Polish patriotic style, worn by many resistance members.

    Stephan, wonderful photos! I've been searching for Resistance photos but they rarely come up for sale. Any idea what the patch in the first photo is? I like the last one, all 3 soldiers outfitted with greatcoats and wz.31 helmets

    I'll post photos of some armbands and a unit standard later tonight

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    Any idea what the patch in the first photo is?
    Unfortunately the photo is not clear enough to help identify the patch design—the only information I have is that these are cavalry scout Bat. of 74 AK PP.
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    I'll look out for photos with a similar patch, maybe we'll find out. In case anyone was wondering the 74 Pulk Piechoty Armii Krajowej fought in the Okręg Radomsko-Kielecki AK.

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    Medic armbands and ''Zemsta'' Company standard both made during the Warsaw Uprising. Anyone with photos of Resistance soldiers, items or stories about Resistance members please contribute!

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    Uniforms and Insignia of the Polish Underground StateHere is a scan of a weekly paper "Najwyzszy Czas" (High Time).

    Article is called "Call of the Fallen" and it talks about Polish Underground after 1944. It says that in between 1944-1956 for Free Poland fought about 200 000 to 300 000 soldiers of II nd Republic.

    By 1955 : over EIGHT Thousand Death Sentences had been handed out to Underground soldiers, about FOUR THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED of them were executed.
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    Also there is a book by the same author: "Bestie" (Beasts) about how the murderers went free.

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    Very interesting thread.
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    Itakdalej, 3mk, 4thskorpion, Cenowski thanks for posting.

    Cenowski - I have 'Poland Betrayed: The Nazi-Soviet Invasions of 1939' by Williamson. Its a solid overview of the 1939 invasion. I suspect his new book on the The Polish Underground 1939-1947 will be just as good. Thanks for the heads up.

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    Dastier, where the Armia Krajowa is concerned i think i may have found something that fits most of what your looking for.....

    Uniforms and Insignia of the Polish Underground State



    Author: Dr Marek Ney-Krwawicz

    Translated from the Polish original by: Antoni Bohdanowicz



    Publisher & Copyrights' holder (English edition):
    The Polish Underground Movement (1935-1945) Study Trust



    Place and Date of Publication: London 2001



    ISBN: 0 9501348 9 9



    Brief description:

    The Polish Underground (1939-1945) Study Trust’ has published in English a factual account concerning the deeds and organisation of the Polish Resistance Home Army during the Second World War.

    A well-known Polish author, Marek Ney-Krwawicz, an expert in modern history of the period wrote the original version of the book in Polish. This English translation fills the gap for the interested British and American readership as well as Poles whose first language is English.



    193 (+ XVII) pages , 64 photographs, maps and graphs., paperback
    US$21

    £11.50

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    An A.K. cap I have posted before but here are some more detailed images

    Uniforms and Insignia of the Polish Underground State

    Modified German cap dark blue with orange piping... not sure what original German unit this might represent?

    Uniforms and Insignia of the Polish Underground State

    Uniforms and Insignia of the Polish Underground State

    The eagle is about 15mm height...

    Uniforms and Insignia of the Polish Underground State

    ...two wire fixing. Again do not know origin of this eagle? Any thoughts welcome

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    Uniforms and Insignia of the Polish Underground State

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