POLONICA in Scotland

A Register of Polonica of the physical manifestations of the Polish presence in Scotland

POST-WAR

EDINBURGH

 

Plaque commemorating General Maczek at his former house

 

 

Emblem of the 1st Polish Armoured Division

Pol Armd Div cloth badge 

 

 


In a ceremony on December 11th 1997, at 16 Arden Street, on the third anniversary of the General's death and in the presence of the Consul General of the Republic of Poland, Mr Leszek Wieciech, former soldiers of the 1st Polish Armoured Division, members of the Polish community, with the City of Edinburgh represented by The Lord Provost of Edinburgh the plaque was unveiled by the General's son - Dr Andrzej Maczek.

The General was one of the distinguished Polish commanders of the last war.

MILITARY CAREER: WORLD WAR TWO - A BRIEF REVIEW

The General was born near Lwów in 1892. He was commander of the 1st Polish Armoured Division from February 1942 until May 1945. He then became GOC Ist Polish Corps in Scotland and later GOC Polish Forces in Great Britain. He saw service in the campaigns in Poland in 1939 and France in 1940 as the commander of the 10th Armoured Cavalry Brigade.

He was given command of the 1st Polish Armoured Division which he started to  form in February 1942 in Scotland. In the campaigns in N.W. Europe the Division fought in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.

LINKS

1st Polish Armoured Division

There are numerous pages on the web which include information about the Division - Use a search engine such as google.com and search terms  "1st Polish Armoured Division" to find these sites.

SOME ONLINE OBITUARIES of GENERAL MACZEK

The New York Times 14 Dec 1994 David Binder

The Independent 16 Dec 1994 Michael A. Thomas 

THE GRAVE OF GENERAL MACZEK IN BREDA

He died in Edinburgh in 1994, aged 102 and is buried in Breda, Holland. The grave of General Maczek in Breda (ext link to Dutch web site)

 

THE DUTCH REMEMBER

Celebrations to mark the 68th anniversary of liberating Breda by the 1st Polish Armoured Division commanded by General Stanisław Maczek were held in Breda on October 27, 2012.

Click here to visit Polish Ministry of National Defence site

which features photographs of the event.

 

An excellent set of photos by M.A.Kuijpers highlights the commemoration ceremonies that took place in Breda in October 2013. Click on BREDA to visit this external link.

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FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN TO ERECT A MEMORIAL TO

GENERAL STANISŁAW MACZEK

IN HIS ADOPTED CITY OF EDINBURGH.

CLICK HERE

 

 

 

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