The Warsaw uprising of 1944

  • The warsaw uprising occurred from august to October 1944 against the Nazis who had occupied Poland since its invasion in 1939
  • It was led by general Tadeusz ‘Bor’ Komorowski as the red army advanced towards the polish capital, giving the citizens of Warsaw hope that they could be liberated from Nazi rule.
  • The general had 40,000 men and 2,500 weapons at his disposal, against a potential of 45,000 Germans equipped with advanced weaponry and vehicles to support them.
  • The uprising started strongly on august 1st, with the Germans suffering heavy losses, partly due to the fact that they had been drained by fighting the Russians in Vistula.
  • However, the Germans started to use the air force to combat the poles, and soon gained the advantage. Because of the this the poles were desperate for Russian support and waited up until September, but it never came.
  • They were eventually forced to surrender on October 2nd 1944.

 

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