Poland’s Home Army

Warsaw, Poland in 1945

Poland has a history of fighting oppression, and World War II was hardly different.  Soon after it was invaded in 1939, resistance cells began to form and join into what became known as the Armia Krajowa, or Home Army.  It operated in both the Nazi and Soviet areas of the country, though for a number of reasons it was more successful in the places controlled by the Germans.  Though the culmination of its activities was the 1944 Warsaw Uprising (an event which will surely get its own entry sometime soon), it was highly active throughout the war, in organizing insurrections, protecting Jews and others seeking refuge, and many other activities.  It took orders from the Polish government in exile which was based in London. Continue reading

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Roger Bushell

Of all the stories that belong in this blog, the Great Escape is probably the ultimate.  The story itself is amazing, the biggest POW escape in history, and was the subject of a classic movie and even better book (Seriously, if you haven’t read The Great Escape by Paul Brickhill, do it.  It’s everything the movie is and more, and perhaps the only book I’ve stayed up all night reading, even though I knew the ending.).  Such a story doesn’t happen, though, without intriguing people, and there are innumerable fascinating details to the story which never made their way into the movie, or were only mentioned in passing.  Don’t be surprised, then, if the Great Escape becomes an event that is referenced multiple times during this blog, starting today. Continue reading