1940 – 1942


1940

AN UNDERGROUND “HOME ARMY” OF SOME 250,000 MEN OPERATES IN POLAND UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE POLISH GOVERNMENT IN EXILE, AND IS PART OF THE POLISH ARMED FORCES.

1p11GEN. L. OKULICKI, COMMANDER OF THE HOME ARMY IN POLAND.
(ARRESTED IN 1946 BY THE RUSSIANS AND SENTENCED TO 10 YEAR IMPRISONMENT.)
ISSUED 1991

 

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“THE HOME ARMY”, ISSUED 1992

 

THE NORWEGIAN CAMPAIGN APR. 9 – JUNE 10

POLISH “PODHALANSKA” BRIGADE UNDER THE COMMAND OF GEN. Z. BOHUSZ-SZYSZKO PARTICIPATES IN THE CAPTURE OF NARVIK, NORWAY. THREE POLISH DESTROYERS AND THE SUBMARINE “ORZEL” ARE ALSO INVOLVED.

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MAY 10

1p13WINSTON CHURCHILL BECOMES PRIME MINISTER OF GREAT BRITAIN.


MAY

POLISH AIR FORCE PERSONNEL EVACUATED FROM FRANCE ARE ASSIGNED TO VARIOUS R.A.F. STATIONS. THE FIRST POLISH BOMBER SQUADRON, No. 300 WAS FORMED AT BRAMCOTE, AND THE FIRST FIGHTER SQUADRON, No. 302, WAS FORMED AT LECONFIELD, LINCOLNSHIRE.

POLISH AIR FORCE ADMINISTRATIVE HEADQUARTERS AND A MANNING DEPOT OPENED IN BLACKPOOL.

 

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BLACKPOOL

 


THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN, JUNE 19 – OCT. 30

POLISH AIR FORCE FIGHTER SQUADRONS 301, 303, 306, AND 307 SHOOT DOWN 203 GERMAN AIRCRAFT.

 

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PUBLIC RELATION STAMP ISSUED 1941 – LONDON

 

 

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POLISH AIR FORCE 303 SQUADRON’S SPITFIRES

 

 


JULY

POLISH ARMY EVACUATED FROM FRANCE IS ASSIGNED TO THE DEFENCE OF THE EAST COAST OF BRITISH ISLES, FROM FIRTH OF FORTH TO MONTROSE IN SCOTLAND.


1941


MAY 16

THE SINKING OF THE GERMAN BATTLESHIP “BISMARK

 

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POLISH HOME ARMY

 

POLISH HOME ARMY INFORMS POLISH GOVERNMENT IN LONDON THAT THE GERMAN BATTLESHIP “BISMARK” LEFT POLISH PORT OF GDYNIA.

 


MAY 24

THE BATTLE CRUISER “HMS HOOD” AND THE BATTLESHIP “HMS PRINCE OF WALES” INTERCEPT “BISMARK” AND THE CRUISER “PRINZ EUGEN” AND OPEN FIRE. “HMS HOOD” IS SUNK AND “HMS PRINCE OF WALES” IS HIT AND WITHDRAWS.

 


MAY 26

POLISH DESTROYER “PIORUN” FINDS “BISMARK” AND ALERTS THE REST OF THE BRITISH FLEET.

 


MAY 27

THE BATTLESHIPS “HMS KING GEORGE V” AND “HMS RODNEY” ATTACK “BISMARK” AND “HMS DORSETSHIRE” SINKS HER WITH TWO TORPEDOES.

 


AUG. 15

POLISH GEN. W. ANDERS, PRISONER OF WAR HELD BY THE RUSSIANS SINCE 1939, IS RELEASED FROM THE LUBYANKA PRISON IN MOSCOW. HE IS ORDERED, BY THE POLISH GOVERNMENT IN LONDON, TO ORGANISE THE POLISH ARMY IN RUSSIA.

 

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GEN. W. ANDERS, ISSUED 1946

 

 


AUG. 18

POLISH CARPATHIAN BRIGADE UNDER COMMAND OF GEN. S. KOPANSKI MOVES FROM PALESTINE TO TOBRUK AND RELIEVES AUSTRALIAN DIVISION.


1942


MARCH – AUGUST

POLISH ARMY IN SOVIET UNION, 115,000 MEN STRONG, UNDER THE COMMAND OF GEN. ANDERS, LEAVES SOVIET UNION THROUGH THE CASPIAN SEA PORT OF KRASNOVODSK FOR PAHLEVI (ENZELI) IN IRAN. THEY ARE THEN STATIONED IN TEHERAN, HAMADAN, KERMANSHAH IN IRAN, AND KHANAQIN, MOSUL AND KIRKUK IN IRAQ.