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Monte Cassino cross

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    Hi Valerii
    Would the order be correct ? Maybe other members will give the answer.
    As far as I know the Monte Cassino cross was issued as a commemorative medal, but was upgraded (not sure which year ) to a State Decoration, if this is correct then you have the right order.


  2. #4182


    Hello Gentlemen,

    According to seniority the Medal Wojska is higher than the Krzyż Monte Cassino. But regardless of this, the most important is your subjective opinion, Valeri. If you think that your great-grandfather treated the Monte Cassino Cross with more respect this order is the best.

    You remembered your great-grandfather in a brilliant way. The box is beautiful.

    Great job, Valeri!


  3. #4183


    Quote by andrzejku98 View Post
    Hello Valerii,

    Many thanks for your post, with regards to Franciszek Smolak who died of wounds at Monte Cassino.

    Rank : Szer.sp.

    Surname : Smolak

    Christian Name : Franciszek

    Date of Birth : 29th April 1910

    Fathers Name : Paweł

    Born in : Turża

    Army Number : 1910-236-III

    Date of Death : 17th May 1944

    Grave Number : 7-A-17

    Service File with the Polish Army Records Number : X4461

    Monte Cassino Cross Numbered : 26023.

    Franciszek Smolak was the fourth person listed in the Battalion has being killed at Monte Cassino

    After the end of the war belongings of Personnel Killed during the war were held by the Government in Exile, I know that in the last couple of years the British Ministry of Defence has returned the Army Records of those personnel killed during World War 2 to the Polish Army Records Centre.

    I would therefore advise Bożena Babiuch, to contact them at the address below to see what happened to her Grand Fathers effects :

    Central Military Archives
    ul. Czerwonych Beretów 124
    00-910 Warsaw-Rembertów

    After the end of the war in Europe countries were in turmoil and especially in Poland where they lost territory in the East and gained territory in the West, people where moved and lost contact, although they could have tried the Red Cross who was still working tracing Polish Soldiers and their Families into the 1950's.

    Hopefully Bożena will find out by contacting the Army Archives.

    Best wishes

    Hello there Andrzej & Everyone!

    Some days ago I went through the internet & found an interesting weblink
    with the list of useful resources, which can help in the research process
    of military service by the Polish soldiers during WW2(post here for your observe):

    Log into Facebook

    There, I have found an archive which stores things & documents of PSZ soldiers who died during the WW2.

    Wykaz depozytów z Archiwum Akt Nowych i Wojskowego Biura Historycznego


    For nearly fifty years, the issue of the return of personal files and deposits left by soldiers of the Polish Armed Forces in the West who died during World War II could not be positively solved for political reasons. It was only in 1996 that the Military Archives Commission and the General Directorate of State Archives took up the matter again, and after a few years the deposits were brought back to Poland. They were deposited with WBH (then CAW) and AAN.

    Currently, the resources of the Military Historical Office and the Archives of Modern Records include 4,284 deposits that the families of fallen soldiers will be able to collect after documenting the right to inheritance. The deposits contain unusual souvenirs of Polish soldiers: ID cards, orders and decorations, private correspondence, documentation regarding death, photos of loved ones. In addition to this standard content, you can also find jewelry, everyday items (compact boxes, lighters, razors), watches, rings, postcards, religious souvenirs - prayer books and rosaries.

    In order to be able to collect the deposit, it is necessary to present documents confirming the closest possible degree of kinship with the deceased, e.g. birth certificate, baptism certificate, marriage certificate, death certificate or a notarized document confirming the legal inheritance of the deceased. The AAN deposit collection policy can be found HERE. A deposit may also be issued to a person notarized by the legal heir. The deposit may be transferred only at the headquarters of WBH or AAN after prior presentation of the above-mentioned documents (from which copies are made) and completion of the transfer protocol.

    The contact person regarding deposits is Jerzy Siwiński from WBH, tel. 261-813-883 and Agnieszka Wopińska from AAN, tel. (22) 58 93 123.


    Post here for your observe the list of 4284 soldiers, whose personal items still stored in CAW or AAN.
    For most of them it also include information about the full date & place of birth:

    According information from Bożena's letter, the
    daughter (Genovefa Smolak - 83 years old) of Smolak Franciszek never
    saw her father even on photo. Unfortunately it have not survived either.

    Already told Bożena about this deposit, hope they will find some photos of his ancestor there.

    Smolak Franciszek goes by № 3329

    Monte Cassino cross

    Bożena promised to send the item's photos of her grandfather by result.
    Will post some when it can be possible.

    Regards, Valerii
    Last edited by ValeriiGajewski; 01-20-2021 at 08:50 PM.

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