Useful Resources for Polish 2 Corps information

My Resources

My Summary Presentation
Overview presentation of the history Polish 2nd Corps.

My Website
https://www.pleszak.com/

My Blog
https://pleszak.blog/


Useful Groups

Kresy-Siberia Group

KSIt’s a magnificent group with lots of information and everybody willing to help.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/KresySiberiaGroup/

They have a wonderful Virtual-Museum..
http://kresy-siberia.org/muzeum/?lang=en

and a very useful links page
http://kresy-siberia.com/mainref.html#r2

Kresy Family Group

KFhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/KresyFamily/

and their website
http://www.kresyfamily.com/

 

WW2 – 2 Korpus Polski Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/groups/38519739600/


Useful Websites

The Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum

Extensive online archives
http://www.pism.co.uk/

War Relics Forum – Polish Armed Forces in the West (Polskie Siły Zbrojne na Zachodzie) 1939-1947

http://www.warrelics.eu/forum/polish-armed-forces-west-polskie-si-y-zbrojne-na-zachodzie-1939-1947/

The Polish Army archives

Pre-war individual and regiment records.
http://www.caw.wp.mil.pl/en/index.html

Polish Exiles of WW2

Lots of detailed documents and links
https://www.polishexilesofww2.org

Polish Resettlement Camps in England 1946-1969

http://www.polishresettlementcampsintheuk.co.uk/

Ships and Passenger Lists of Polish WW2 DPs arriving from Africa and Europe
http://www.polishresettlementcampsintheuk.co.uk/passengerlist/shipsindex.htm


Family Name Searches

Program “Personal losses and victims of repression under German occupation”

http://www.straty.pl/index.php/en/szukaj-w-bazie

If they were deported to Siberia, you can search a list of deportees. The list is incomplete but there are lots on it:

Polish version:

https://indeksrepresjonowanych.pl/int/wyszukiwanie/94,Wyszukiwanie.html

English version:

https://stevemorse.org/siberia/siberia.html

Russian:
(you need to use Cyrillic and search alphabetically, so Pleszak = Плешак)

http://lists.memo.ru

Victims of political terror in the Soviet Union, a general database
http://base.memo.ru/

Victims of political terror, information available in Memorial archives
http://lists.memo.ru/index31.htm

Stalin’s execution lists, 1937–1954
http://stalin.memo.ru/

Repression victims executed in Moscow
http://mos.memo.ru/

Political Red Cross archives, 1918–1922
http://pkk.memo.ru/

PDF version of the book containing data on the Polish POWs who were held at an NKVD camp in Kozelsk and fell victims to the Katyn massacre (large document)
http://old.memo.ru/uploads/files/killed_in_katyn.pdf

Repression against the True Orthodox (Catacomb) Church members, late 1920s –1970s
http://histor-ipt-kt.org/

Repression against the Catholic Church members, 1918 – 1980s
http://cathol.memo.ru/

Hoover Institute’s Polish Archives

https://www.hoover.org/library-archives/collections/poland-during-world-war-ii
In particular hand-written testimonies in the Wladyslaw Anders Collection, 1939-1946.


Mark Ostrowski’s excellent links

A very useful index for the Hoover archives:
https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AL8MWdUllJDmnGs&cid=16C82614ED92BDCB&id=16C82614ED92BDCB%2118551&parId=root&o=OneUp

Reports of Polish deportees, 1941
http://szukajwarchiwach.pl/800/41/0/-/247#tabSkany

database of those deported to Arkhangielsk Oblast
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/s7q8qfjpo4hvu0m/AACT_iMnFeiVox2AFWDXAAMJa?dl=0


Army Records

The British MOD will provide all the information about medals and Army career and some pre-Army history too. However it will usually be an English summary so when you ask, ensure you request his complete zeszyt ewidencyjny and you will get copies of original army records (hand written and in Polish). If they never claimed their English medals (probably 4 or 5) the MOD will supply them. It’s a free service if you can prove you are related.

Polish Army in Exile Records-British Ministry of Defence (MOD)
Send details of your relationship to the soldier in question and the possible units and dates of service using the Subject Access Request (SAR) form located at:

http://www.veterans-uk.info/service_records/sar.doc

The requests should be back up by the following documentation (photocopies of documents are acceptable):

1. If the ex-serviceman is deceased, the official next of kin must give authority for disclosure. To establish this authority, please complete a Certificate of Kinship,
located at :

http://www.veterans-uk.info/pdfs/service_records/raf_kinship.pdf

You ca request records of deceased service personnel at:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/request-records-of-deceased-service-personnel

2. Once the authority to disclose is established, please provide the following documentation:

a) Death Certificate of ex-serviceman and
b) Marriage Certificate (in the case of widows), or
c) Birth Certificate (in the case of children) plus Death Certificate of the mother if applicable or her written consent if information is to be released to a person other than the widow, and
d) Any other documents, which prove kinship

Information is issued free of charge to the widows of ex-servicemen and to those who are residents in the post-communist countries. All other interested parties are charged £30 for the service. Payment can be made by cheque, UK Postal Order or International Money Order. These should be made payable to:

“Ministry of Defence – Accounting Officer”

Please apply by post or e-mail to:

MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
APC DISCLOSURES 5 (POLISH)
Building 60
RAF Northolt
West End Road
Ruislip
Middlesex
HA4 6NG
England

Tel: 0208 833 8603

Email: polishasstdisoff@northolt.raf.mod.uk
Email: polishdisoff@northolt.raf.mod.uk

To claim any British war medals

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/applying-for-medals

 

p2k


Thanks

Mark Ostrowski for all the help over many years
Krzysztof Jeżewski for link to records of deceased service personnel

 

 

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