Training methods

Training methods

 

Silent Unseen (pol. Cichociemni) were soldiers of the Home Army in special service

 

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Ringway

The Silent Unseen were a special group of soldiers, coming from the Polish Armed Forces in the West and the Anders’ Army, who volunteered to fight in occupied Poland.

They differed from the original army structure greatly, they did not form a compact formation, they did not have a separate command structure, uniform, banner or patron. The Silent Unseen were individualists to a large extent - essentially they were Poland’s elite specialists dedicated to special tasks in the occupied country.

 

 

 
How were the Silent Unseen trained?

The training methods were adjusted to meet the needs of the Home Army. The Silent Unseen were trained accordingly to what skills and expertise was required to fight for Poland’s freedom. The programmes of the training underwent constant change over the course of World War 2. Every candidate however, had to successfully complete the parachuting course and the final course. On top of that, the candidates participated in training courses that would enhance their personal skill sets and abilities, as well as courses that would benefit the structure of the Home Army in Poland.

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Lundin Links, Polish Parachute Training Jumping Tower

The first training programme was launched in Autumn, 1940  w Inverlochy Castle k. Fort William (hrabstwo Highland, Szkocja, Wielka Brytania). Zamek Inverlochy, wybudowany w 1866, posadowiony został nieopodal najwyższego szczytu Szkocji – Ben Nevis. Jednym z zadań podczas kursu było… samotne zdobycie tego szczytu. Cichociemny Antoni Pospieszalski wspominał, że zajęło mu to sześć godzin. Okolica idealnie nadawała się do szkoleń żołnierzy wojsk specjalnych:  lasy, góry, jeziora, plaże… Zajęcia praktyczne z uzbrojenia, materiałów wybuchowych, walki wręcz zaplanowano na ok. 90 godzin, zajęcie teoretyczne nt. organizacji sił wroga zaplanowano na cztery godziny.  Na kursie dywersyjno – strzeleckim oraz sabotażu przeszkolono 74 kandydatów, głównie oficerów z 4 Brygady Kadrowej Strzelców.

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Candidates were trained on a largely individual basis, there were approximately 30 specializations and approximately 50 secret Special Training Schools that belonged to the SOE The troops were also trained in Polish facilities, for example in Ostia, Italy.

The most famous training station was STS 43 Audley Endit was exclusively dedicated to the needs of the Polish section of the Special Operations Executive The already trained Silent Unseen who were planned to be airdropped would go to secret ‘waiting stations’, where they would wait until they were ready to be transferred to Nazi-occupied Poland. In other various locations, the Silent Unseen were trained to forge documents (and money),and prepare containers that would be airdropped to the country. Additionally, the Poles have worked on radiocommunication equipment that would be used in Poland. The Polish Wireless Research Unit (pol. Polskie Wojskowe Zakłady Radiowe). was based northwest of London, in Stanmore. Their task was to produce specialist radiocommunication equipment, including the highly acclaimed ‘’spy radio’’ - AP radio set, constructed by a Polish engineer Tadeusz Heftman.

See a list of ‘’Polish’’ SOE facilities.

 

There was no individual course to become a Silent Unseen, but four groups, each including several courses
  1. Fundamental courses: zaprawowy, badan psychotechnicznych, spadochronowy, walki konspiracyjnej, odprawowy
  2. Specialization courses: radiotelegrafistów / radiomechaników, szkoła wywiadu, kurs służb lotniczych, kurs pancerny / przeciwpancerny, kurs kierowców, kurs legalizacji (fałszowanie dokumentów)
  3. Supplementary courses: walk ulicznych, domowego wyrobu materiałów wybuchowych, mikrofotografii, komandosów, informacyjno – wywiadowczy, przetrwania (tzw. kurs „korzonkowy”), czarnej propagandy, tworzenia „legendy”, zmiany wyglądu zewnętrznego i in.
  4. Practical courses: były elementem każdego z w/w kursów.

 

Fundamental courses:

Physical conditioning course - it encompassed elements of physical training, methods of diversion, explosives training, sharpshooting, shooting, topography and hand-to-hand combat. The candidates were taught about how the enemy forces were organized, the basics of radio communications and the English language. The soldiers were prepared to meet physical requirements through a regime of strenuous physical training, including cross country running whilst wearing full equipment.

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Knife combat exercises

Uczono technik i metod dywersji, posługiwania się ładunkami wybuchowymi. Kandydaci musieli umieć odnaleźć się w terenie, uczono walki wręcz, walki nożem  dżu-dżitsu. Podczas tego kursu kandydatów obowiązywał zakaz wchodzenia gdziekolwiek bramą, drzwiami lub furtkami, kandydaci skakali więc przez płot i wchodzili oknami…

Instruktorami szkoleń z zakresu walki wręcz, nożem, strzelania instynktownego, w zwarciu, zwanego potem Point Shooting, byli: kpt. William Ewart Fairbairn and Eric Anthony Sykes, oficerowie i twórcy Shanghai Riot Squad – jednostki sił specjalnych szanghajskiej policji (pierwszej na świecie jednostki policyjnej typu SWAT), walczącej m.in. z chińską mafią.

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Wiliam E. Fairbairn

Cichociemni szkolili się w walce wręcz, nożem i strzelaniu instynktownym w ośrodku SOE – Comando Basic Training Centre, Achnacarry House w Szkocji, używali w walce sztyletu szturmowego Fairbairna-Sykesa (F&S).

Candidates were trained on how to use various types of weapons, and how to shoot accurately from a range of different positions, for example whilst running, without having time to aim. Some of the weapons included the Brenlight machine gun, Thompson, Suomisubmachine guns, Wabley-Scot, karabinu przeciwpancernego Boyspistol, the German Schmeisser, a także moździerzy używanych przez piechotę. Szczegółny nacisk we wszystkich szkoleniach kładziono na praktyczne wykorzystywanie nabywanych umiejętności. W latach 1940 – 1942 kurs organizowano w STS 25 were Inverlochy Castle, później (1942 – 1944) w Garramour k. Airsag. Kto nie ukończył kursu zaprawowego – nie miał żadnych szans, aby zakwalifikować się na kolejne szkolenia.

 

Psychological and technical course - organised by the British in STS 7a in Guildford, not much is known about it. It lasted no longer than two weeks. The course has been successfully completed by 194 candidates.

 

Parachuting course - the course consisted of physical training and practical classes that aimed to prepare candidates for a parachute jump, the training took place in 3 locations.

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Physical conditioning exercises

W otwartym 21 czerwca 1940 brytyjskim ośrodku treningowym spadochroniarzy – Parachute Training School w Ringway near Manchester ( STS 51was also located there), the facility was opened on the 21st of June, 1940. Courses also ran at the Polish parachute center at Largo House pod Leven (hrabstwo Fife, Szkocja, Wielka Brytania). Od stycznia 1944 także w polskiej Polish base no. 10 were in Ostia , near Brindisi (Italy). Candidates were trained there from January, 1944.

The training course at Ringway lasted one week whilst courses at the Polish centres lasted from two to four weeks. The basics of the course included: intensive physical training, long runs (everyday), marches, obstacle courses and jumps from a two/three metre ‘’podium’’.

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Lundin Links, Polish Parachute Training Jumping Tower

The trainees practiced parachute jumping on the parachute jump tower in Lundin Linksthe tower itself was built by Poles near Largo HouseIt was 24 metres tall, and was the first parachute jump tower built in Britain. In the next phase of their training, the candidates jumped from planes or a balloon. The Poles used the Irvin QD parachute, and each candidate had to make several jumps (5-8) during the day, and one at night. 

The Polish training centre at Largo House was often called ‘’Malpi Gaj’’ (eng. ‘’Monkey Grove’’) by the candidates, it was located among old oaks, which created a ‘grove’ atmosphere. On the other hand, the candidates were expected to have monkey-like dexterity and participated in various exercises that resembled the activities of monkeys, such as climbing from tree to tree with the help of nothing but branches. The front gate of the facility had a sign with Polish writing on it‘’Are you looking for death? Enter for a while.’’In total, the parachuting course was completed by 703 candidates have completed it successfully.

 

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Covert-operations course - this course aimed to prepare the Silent Unseen to work together as part of a small team of soldiers in a conspiratorial setting. Their physical form was tested on assault courses, river crossing challenges, as well as lengthy cross-country runs with full gear. Shooting and managing explosives were also a part of this course, including the use of ‘’plastic’’ explosives, pencil-type detonators and ‘’home made’’ explosives.

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Hand-to-hand combat exercises

Candidates were taught how to use communication equipment and how to plan and carry out combat operations. They were also trained on how to establish contacts and how to collect and send useful (e.g. ciphers) information to the right place. Orienteering marches were organised, giving the candidates the chance to learn navigational skills which were needed to reach their destination in time. The shooting exercises varied greatly, as candidates were expected to shoot targets, mannequins, in darkness, whilst moving, whilst on an assault course or even whilst… climbing a rope. The candidates were also learning the basics of intelligence work, map reading, driving all sorts of vehicles and… operational tactics of the SS.

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Lundin Links, Polish Parachute Training Jumping Tower

Podobnie jak w przypadku innych kursów, uczono praktycznego wykorzystania nabytych umiejętności. Kandydaci byli np. wywożeni samochodem (z zasłoniętymi szybami) w nieznaną okolicę, z której musieli w określonym czasie dotrzeć do zaznaczonego na mapie punktu docelowego. Nie mogli pytać o drogę miejscowej ludności, musieli unikać patroli brytyjskiej policji lub Home Guard (Obrony Narodowej). Kulminacją takich ćwiczeń było przeprowadzenie „akcji dywersyjnej” w pobliskiej miejscowości, np. podłożenia łądunku wybuchowego (ładunek był nieuzbrojony) lub „napadu na bank”, przy czym Brytyjczyków nikt nie uprzedzał o akcji, ani też o jej ćwiczebnym charakterze. Czasem jednak Brytyjczyków uprzedzano i mieli uniemożliwić przeprowadzenie akcji (nigdy im się nie udało).

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Physical conditioning exercises

W latach 1941 – 1942 kandydatów szkolono w - were Briggens (zorganizowano dwa kursy, podczas których przeszkolono 12, następnie 15 kandydatów). Od 1 maja 1942 na kursie walki konspiracyjnej szkolono w STS 43 were Audley End niedaleko Cambridge, od 1 maja 1944 także (równolegle ze szkoleniem w STS 43) w polskiej Polish base no. 10 were in Ostia Italy. The covert-operations course was completed by a grand total of 630 candidates, it was not compulsory to attend this course if a candidate was selected for work in intelligence, aviation, radio communication.

It is worth mentioning that after one ‘’training action’’ (that lasted two minutes) in a small town of 10,000 citizens in Great Britain, the unnotified British Police have arrested dozens of people, in an effort to find the people responsible for the exercise. 

 

Final course - was the last training course for the candidates. Its aim was to transform the candidate into a conspirator that would work in occupied Poland. The first thing that needed addressing was the so-called ‘legend’, an extensive, but mostly fabricated set of lies that fit one another, ultimately forming an identity for the candidate. The course is said to be called ‘’The Higher School of Lies’’ by the candidates. A comprehensively trained special forces soldier was transformed into an ordinary citizen of Poland. Sometimes to make the lie more legitimate, the future Silent Unseen would train the basics skills and lingo of a trade that they would ‘’work’’ in whilst in Poland...

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Lundin Links, Polish Parachute Training Jumping Tower

During the final course, the soldiers were given information on the conditions of the occupied country, they have learned the structure and functioning methods of the Polish Underground State as well as how the German authorities operated. Candidates were also exposed to the methods of investigation and interrogations conducted by the Gestapo and how to convincely mislead them if caught. Sets of documents that fit the aforementioned ‘legend’ were forged, clothes that reflected occupied-Poland were collected, and equipment was assembled. Candidates had access to the national press: underground and Nazi, they have also spoken to couriers arriving from the occupied country.

Początkowo kurs miał postać serii wykładów dla kandydatów, organizowanych w tajnych lokalach na terenie Londynu. W zorganizowanej formie pierwszy kurs odprawowy przeprowadzono w lipcu 1942 w STS 43 were Audley End niedaleko Cambridge, po 15 lipca 1943 szkolono także w STS 46 were Michley near Newport as well as Chichely Hall (Buckinghamshire, w marcu 1944), od 1944 w polskiej Polish base no. 10 were in Ostia near Brindisi. The course lasted from two to six weeks, a grand total of 606 candidates have completed it successfully.

 

 

Specialization courses:

Telegraphist and radio mechanic course - candidates were trained in the Training Centre of the Disposition Section of the Special Department of the Commander-in-Chief. The centre was subordinate to Division VI (Special) of the Commander-in-Chief’s Staff, its commander was Lt. Col. Wiktor Bernacki

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Radio communication exercises

The telegraphist course lasted approximately three months whilst the radio mechanics course lasted from six to ten months. Radio commanders and officers of radio communication network organizers were also trained. Initially training courses (1941-1942) were delivered in Anstruther (Fife county, Scotland, Great Britain), near the 1st Independent Parachute Brigade. At the end of 1942, a separate training centre for communication officers was organized. In the years 1942–1943, they were trained in the buildings of the Auchtertool brewery (Fife county, Scotland, Great Britain), later (1943–1944) in the buildings of Saint Margaret’s School for Girls in Polmont ((Stirlingshire, Scotland, Great Britain).

The candidates specializing in radio communications were also taught how to use transponding radars, such as the Eureka and S-fon (radiotelephone), on a separate British course The Eureka&S-Phon were STS 40 (Howbury Hall) along with STS 61 (Gaynes’ Hall).

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Radio station designed by Tadeusz Heftman was compact, a long range and was hard to detect

Skills to operate ground-airman communication devices were required of all Silent Unseen candidates. The candidates would practice their skills during parachute jump exercises. A separate four-month course on organizing radio communications in combat conditions was organized in Cowdonbeatch (Scotland).

The course was completed by 213 candidates, 51 of them have been airdropped to Nazi-occupied Poland (including one courier). The already trained candidates for the communication officer role, if qualified for being airdropped to the country, would continue their training cycle at STS 43 were Audley End near Cambridge.

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Candidates practicing jumping through a man-made hole

The other radio officers have worked at the HQ of the Commander-in-Chief’s Staff: at the broadcasting centre Chipperfield Lodge, receiving station Barnes Lodge near Kings Langley (Hertfordshire county, Great Britain) and Conington Hall near Cambridge. The radio officers that received this training have also worked at the the Commander-in-Chief’s Staff HQ in Italy, the station was nicknamed ‘’Mewa’’ (eng. ‘’Seagull’’) and was located in Mesagne and was located in Mesagne, just 15 kilometres away from Brindisi. Successful candidates have also operated radio stations for the ‘Special Unit’ in different countries. Some of the trained radio officers have worked in a separate Polish intelligence communications network (countries include: Switzerland, France, the Middle East and others). For more information - see this page..

 

Polish intelligence school – kurs przygotowujący do pracy w wywiadzie organizowano pod kamuflażem „Oficerskiego Kursu Doskonalącego Administracji Wojskowej”, początkowo w tajnym lokalu przy Kensington Park Road, w dzielnicy Bayswater w London, and then in GlasgowThe Silent Unseen have called the course a ‘’gas cooking course’’. The commanding officer of the course was the pre-war chief of counterintelligence and intelligence of the General Staff of the Polish Army, Colonel Stefan Mayer, who previously selected his staff personally for work in the intelligence service.

In the Polish "school of spies", special attention was also paid to how the candidates applied the new-found knowledge in practice, much like the other courses did. Candidates have been taught how to collect information, recruit agents, techniques and methods of how intelligence and counterintelligence operates.

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Secret correspondence ‘’box’’

Program szkolenia tego kursu obejmował m.in. studium wywiadowcze obydwu agresorów: Niemiec oraz Rosji. Uczono się podstaw radiotelegrafii, chemii wywiadowczej, prowadzenia korespondencji utajonej, szyfrów, fotografii wywiadowczej. W programie kursu były także m.in. „zajęcia ślusarskie”, czyli techniki włamywania się do pomieszczeń, otwierania wszelakich zamków. Kursanci uczyli się również prowadzenia rozmaitych pojazdów, budowy broni a także strzelania z niej. Mieli również obowiązkową zaprawę fizyczną oraz nadobowiązkową naukę (doskonalenie) języków obcych.

The intelligence course usually lasted around six months, it was completed by 73 candidates. After the completion of the course, the candidates received training at were STS 43 in Audley End End and in the Parachute Training School in Ringway near Manchester (STS 51). By the end of the war, 37 Silent Unseen specializing in intelligence have been airdropped to Poland. See - Silent Unseen and intelligence

Some Silent Unseen candidates (with a different specialization than intelligence) have also trained the techniques and methods that this course taught in a spy school STS 34 were Bealieu (Hampshire, Great Britain).

 

Air services course - as with other courses, it included theory and practice. Due to the unique needs of the Home Army in occupied Poland, candidates for the Silent Unseen with a specialization in aviation were trained very individually to fit the needs of the resistance movement.

The program of the course included lectures, practical exercises, a special aviation course on pilotage and taught the candidates how to operate German machines, including: Heinkel He 111H, Messerschmitt Bf 110C, Junkers Junkers Ju 88m MesserSchmitt 110 and others. The course on pilotage of the German machines was taught in a secret British unit - 1426 Enemy Aircraft Flight near London.

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A drawing of the light system used for an airdrop site

Candidates for the Silent Unseen with the aviation specialization, including specialists trained in receiving airdropped troops and supplies, have also been taught how to use radio navigation systems, including the Rebecca/Eureka transponding radar and the S-fon radiotelephone. The training course was titled ‘ The Eureka&Sphon were STS 40 w Howbury Hall, Bedford and STS 61 (Gaynes Hall). All of the candidates that participated in the training courses were expected to reach a strong level of proficiency in the above.

 

Armoured / Anti-tank course - The candidates were trained using British tanks at the Centrum Wyszkolenia Pancernego i Technicznego (eng. Armored and Technical Training Center) facility in Catterick Camp, od 1944 szkolono w ośrodku przy 2 Korpusie Polskim we Italy. Kurs trwał od czterech do ośmiu tygodni, ukończyło go 43 kandydatów.

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‘’Polish’’ tanks, Scotland

In addition, the candidates were trained on German armored and anti-tank equipment during a two-week British armored course.

When the above two courses were completed, the candidates were trained for eight weeks on a Polish motor and communications course in Dundee (Szkocja). Ukończyło go 94 kandydatów. Do okupowanej Polski zrzucono na spadochronie 11 Silent Unseen trained in this specialty were parachuted to occupied Poland.

 

Drivers course course - Almost all of the Silent Unseen (with a few exceptions) were able to drive a range of vehicles, including German ones. Candidates who did not have these skills were trained on a Polish motor and communications course in Dundee (Szkocja). Ukończyło go 94 kandydatów.

 

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Polish counterfeiter, Jerzy Maciejewski, Briggens

Legalization course - it was an extremely exclusive course for people specialising in document forgery, it was completed by three Silent Unseen, who were transferred to the country. The candidates received training in - were Briggens, m.in. pod okiem doświadczonego polskiego fałszerza Jerzy Maciejewski provided the candidates with extensive training in Briggens. 

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Hitler’s falsified passport made in Briggens

Brytyjski ośrodek fałszowania dokumentów (także pieniędzy, w tym okupacyjnych złotych), pracował pod kierownictwem Cpt. Morton Bisset’a był zlokalizowany w polskim - oraz początkowo pracował tylko na polskie potrzeby.

Wkrótce zespół znakomitych fałszerzy, kreślarzy, techników, ekspertów grafologii, przy użyciu różnych specjalistycznych urządzeń, w tym ok. 50 rodzajów drukarek, wytwarzał dla wszystkich agentów SOE dokunenty (w tym m.in. paszporty, prawa jazdy, banknoty) takiej jakości, że były nie do odróżnienia od prawdziwych. 

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Fałszywe pieczątki do „legalizacji”…

In total, around 275,000 (sic!) różnych dokumentów dla ruchów oporu w okupowanej Europie.

 

 

Supplementary courses:

After completing basic and specialization training, the candidates then received training in the form of ‘’supplementary’’ courses that ranged in nature.

  • Street fighting course, organized in Londynie, w zburzonej dzielnicy Battersea
  • Home-made explosives course
  • Microphotograph course in Briggens
  • British commando course (lasting roughly 4 weeks)
  • Basic information and intelligence course
  • Compulsory forest survival course (so-called root course), in Dunkeld (Scotland)
  • kurs „czarnej propagandy” (Advanced propaganda course), ukończyło go 46 kandydatów
  • Course centred on creating a believable ‘’legend’’
  • … and others, including the shortest mandatory course on how to change the appearance to fit in Nazi-occupied Poland (lasting from a few days to a week).

 

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Container type ‘’H’’

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Road spikes

The candidates that were expected to work at the staff offices in conspiratorial settings were expected to complete a one-year course at the Higher War SchoolSchool, and then undergo an internship at the Commander-in-Chief’s Staff offices in London. Some of the candidates have also completed the covert-operations course. In total, 24 Silent Unseen that have specialized in staff work.

 

Practical courses:
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Lt. Michał Fijałka and 2nd Lt. Franciszek Rybka dressed up as women, in the middle Maj. Józef Hartman, Audley End, 1942

Practical courses played a crucial part of every course in each of the training cycles. After all, it was fundamental that all of the candidates were able to apply their knowledge to practice in the complex conditions of an occupied country.

 

Only after successfully completing all the required courses did the trained candidate have the chance to be qualified to jump, then have the chance to be parachuted to occupied Poland and become a member of the Silent Unseen.

After completing all of the training courses and qualifying for the jump, the candidate for the Silent Unseen would take the oath of the Home Army, chose a nickname and went to the so-called waiting station, where they would wait until the time came for their jump. 

. 2413 candidates volunteered to be trained and eventually become the Silent Unseen: 1 general (Tadeusz Kossakowski), 112 staff officers, 894 junior officers, 592 non-commissioned officers, 771 private soldiers. There were 15 women among the volunteers.

 

Ewa Korsak – Wykuwanie cichociemnych. Jak Polacy szkolili się przed desantowaniem do okupowanej ojczyzny
w:  Polska Zbrojna  kwiecień 2018, nr 4 (864), s. 31 – 22

 

 

> 2413 candidates have completed it successfully.
Only 605 of them successfully completed training.
Only 579 qualified for the jump to the country.
They were dumped to occupied Poland 316 Silent Unseen

 

zobacz – 316 Cichociemnych spadochroniarzy Armii Krajowej

 

 


From the 316 Silent Unseen,
40 have fought for the independence of Poland in 1918-1921:

Leon Bazała (1918-1920) | Jacek Bętkowski (1920) | Jan Biały (1918-1920) | Niemir Bidziński (1920) | Romuald Bielski (1919-1920) | Adolf Gałacki (1918-1920) | Stanisław Gilowski (1918-1920) | Jan Górski (1919-1920) | Antoni Iglewski (1915-1920) | Kazimierz Iranek-Osmecki (1913, 1916, 1920) | Wacław Kobyliński (1918-1920) | Bolesław Kontrym (1917-1918) | Franciszek Koprowski (1919-1920) | Tadeusz Kossakowski (1909-1920) | Julian Kozłowski (1918-1919) | Henryk Krajewski (1918-1920) | Leopold Krizar (1918-1920) | Stanisław Krzymowski (1914-1920) | Adolf Łojkiewicz (1918-1920) | Narcyz Łopianowski (1918-1920) | Zygmunt Milewicz (1918-1920) | Przemysław Nakoniecznikoff-Klukowskand (1913-1921) | Leopold Okulicki (1914-1920) | Mieczysław Pękala-Górski (1918-1920) | Edward Piotrowski (1918-1920) | Jan Różycki (1917-1920) | Roman Rudkowski (1914-1920) | Tadeusz Runge (1917-1920) | Józef Spychalski (1916-1920) | Tadeusz Starzyński (1920) | Tadeusz Stocki (1920) | Aleksander Stpiczyński (1917-1920) | Witold Strumpf (1920) | Adam Szydłowski (1918-1920) | Wincenty Ściegienny (1918-1920) | Witold Uklański (1917-1921) | Józef Zabielski (1920) | Józef Zając (1920) | Wiktor Zarembiński (1920) | Bronisław Żelkowski (1920)

 

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Niepodlegla, Poland, 100 anniversary of re-gaining independence.
Project implemented as part of the celebration of the centenary of regaining independence and the reconstruction of Polish statehood


 

 

 

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  • Own sources
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