On Friday, we had the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Rising, the 63-day doomed insurgency against Nazi Germany.
During the rising one of the most important symbols and military insignia was the Polish Eagle, based on the White Eagle of the Polish coat of arms.
They were used on elements of military uniforms such as hats and armbands, as well as on banners, flags, badges and emblems.
Some of them were allready shown on this forum, but as I am collecting POW items, I would like to present a few very scarce items out of my collection.
I would like to start with the AK-Lamsdorf Eagle:
On October 6th, 1944, the first train with the POWs from the Uprising left Warsaw and after two days reached the Stalag 318/VIIIF Lamsdorf (Lambinowice) located in the region of Silesia Opole - the oldest and the biggest POW camp in the III Reich.
On October 6th and 7th, there were 5789 POWs who arrived at the camp - between them officers and privates and a group of 600 underage soldiers.
That Eagle/badge which we are talking about was first established in Lamsdorf and especially devoted to the youngest POWs - 10-17-year-old participants in the Warsaw Uprising.
Some documents, photos and the original design of that AK Eagle are to be found at the Central Museum of Prisoners-of-War in Łambinowice-Opole: