On 1 September 1939 Germany invaded the western half of Poland. Just over two weeks later the Soviet Union invaded the eastern half and immediately began incorporating it in to the Soviet Union. Below is an extract of my book ‘Two Years in a Gulag’ describing the event using a Pleszak family first-hand, hand-written account … More First-hand account of when eastern Poland became western Belarus. October 1939
The Masurian Lakeland (Pojezierze Mazurskie) is Poland’s equivalent to the English Lake District. Situated in the northeast of Poland it has over 200 lakes surrounded by farmland, forest, and meadows. It is spectacularly beautiful and not surprisingly a popular tourist destination. Historically though, it was part of the German Empire as East Prussia when it … More Architectural marvel or hideous eyesore: Sluice Leśniewo Górne?
The Great War was fought on a global and industrial scale, quite rightly having the title of the First World War. It was a new type of war, fought on a magnitude and with a military technology never previously seen and is fully deserving of all the research, media attention, and debate that it generates. … More Little known battles on the Eastern Front and the consequences of WW1 for Poland
If you were to draw a line on a globe from Derby to the Taj Mahal in India it would pass through Poland west to east. Interesting, maybe, but not the subject of this blog. There is a very significant link, and the link is George Curzon. I suspect most of us will never have … More The line from Derby to the Taj Mahal that divided Poland
Next year 2019 is the 75th anniversary of several of the most important battles of the Second World War including the Normandy landings, Operation Market Garden, and the Battle of Monte Cassino. In history books the battle of Monte Cassino is often overshadowed by the others but it was the first major battle of the … More Reflections of the Battle of Monte Cassino
May the 18th 2014 marked the 70th anniversary of the victory of the famous battle at the Monastery of Monte Cassino in Southern Italy in 1944. This highly significant battle and one of the most important allied victories of the war had by then been raging for nearly six months. Its capture from the German … More From the Steppes of Russia to Monte Cassino – The brave history of the Polish 2nd Corps