Less We Forget Poppy


The Life and Times of Hubert Brooks M.C. C.D.
A Canadian Hero

Less We Forget Poppy


Chapter 3: ESCAPE TO DANGER – Fighting with the POLISH UNDERGROUND ARMY – The A.K.

Section 3.5 : Activities Conducted by Brooks' Platoon Spring 1944

Things were getting hotter and hotter as spring 1944 continued and my platoon had several short actions.

Photo Polish Home Army Wilk on the way to Slowakei (Slovakia) via Gorce Mountains

PHOTO: Polish Partisan Unit of Polish Home Army "Wilk" ("Wolf") in Podhale
 Unit on the way to Slowakei (Slovakia) via Gorce Mountains to attack border posts of Third Reich Slovakei Army in Nova Spiska Ves and Niedzica; Commander of Unit at this time leut. Krystyn Więckowski "Zawisza"
Photo Courtesy of:  Hubert Brooks Private Collection


Photo 2 Polish Home Army Wilk on the way to Slowakei (Slovakia) via Gorce Mountains

PHOTO: Polish Partisan Unit of Polish Home Army "Wilk" ("Wolf") in Podhale
 Unit on the way to Slowakei (Slovakia) via Gorce Mountains to attack border posts of Third Reich Slovakei Army;  front row left in photo– leut. Gustaw Górecki "Gustaw"
Photo Courtesy of:  Hubert Brooks Private Collection

Polish Home Army Group "Wilk"on the way to Slovakia Summer 1944

Photo Courtesy of: IPN through Michał Maciaszek,
GRH Commander, The Polish Historical Society, Nowy Targ,Poland
Polish Home Army Group "Wilk"on the way to Slovakia Summer 1944
Photo Polish Home Army Wilk Returning Home After Successfully Attacking Border Posts of Third Reich Slovakei Army

PHOTO: Polish Partisan Unit of Polish Home Army "Wilk" ("Wolf") in Podhale
 Unit Returning Home After Successfully Attacking Border Posts of Third Reich Slovakei Army. Partisans captured a Slovaks Border Guard outpost and captured significant armaments and equipment.

On this mission my good friend partisan Czech Officer S. Wróbel a.k.a. “Szwejk” (later commander of a Company within this 1 psp AK Battalion) played a particularly effective role taking part in the attack on the old Slovakian border post above Lesnica Jago where his language skills made it easier for us to open the door of the police station, because he just started to talk in Czech easily answering the question "who's there?".
Photo Courtesy of: Hubert Brooks Private Collection


Polish Home Army Group "Wilk"on the way to Slovakia Summer 1944
The Partisans captured Slovak Border Guard outposts in the summer 1944 and liberated a good deal of armament and equipment.

Photo Courtesy of: IPN via Michał Maciaszek,
GRH Commander, The Polish Historical Society, 34-400 Nowy Targ,
ul. St. Dorothy 55, Poland
Polish Home Army Group "Wilk"on the way to Slovakia Summer 1944

From time to time various platoon and unit commanders got together to discuss strategy and tactics. One such get together occured late spring 1944.

Photo Polish Home Army Meeting Place

PHOTO: Polish Partisan Leaders Meet to Discuss Strategy and Tactics
 From Left Standing: 1) leut. Jan Tokarczyk "Baca", 2) leut. Feliks Perekładowski "Przyjaciel" 3) Unknown 4) leut. Gustaw Górecki "Gustaw" 5) Unknown 6) leut. Jan Wojciech Lipczewski "Andrzej", "Wierzyca" (far right)
Photo Courtesy of: Hubert Brooks Private Collection




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