While Germany occupied Poland from 1939-1945, a critical youth movement went underground along with the Polish Home army. The Polish Scouts, which had been founded in the early 20th century, became the Szare Szeregi, or Gray Ranks, training the next generation of soldiers and citizens. Above: Girl Scouts 1926. It is my sincere wish to serve... Read more »
Downtown Warsaw, Poland 1945 "According to a report published in 1947, "Report on Poland's losses and war damages in the years 1939-1945" as many as 6.028.000 Polish citizens died as a consequence of the war. Only 644.000 of them lost their lives directly as a result of combat actions (of which the losses of the army amounted to 123.000 (in fact they exceeded 160.000) - the remaining deaths were due to the German occupier's terror)."
Warsaw Uprising (1944) - The Victoria Hotel on Jasna Street was in insurgent hands within the first hour of the uprising and soon became their headquarter
The invasion of Poland by the military forces of Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union and a small German-allied Slovak contingent marked the beginning of World War II in Europe. British propaganda poster designed by Marek Żuławski, London 1939
Stefan Tomaszewski, 11-years old Polish volunteer soldier during the Warsaw Uprising, August 1944, Warsaw, Poland [526x820]