The M.I.9 Hubert Brooks Debrief Report dated 22nd March 1945 concludes…
"Brooks was awarded the POLISH CROSS of VALOUR by Major BOROWY for gallantry in the Field, as well as the POLISH SILVER CROSS OF MERIT WITH SWORDS and he holds a certificate to that effect. Free Poland was grateful for his service and the Polish government in exile (London) confirmed the awards. "
"Brooks speaks quite good Polish and is evidently a resourceful, courageous and security minded person. His cover story to the Russians, as reported in the News Chronicle of 22nd March, was that he had escaped from a German prison camp three days before being over-run by Russians."
Awarded for outstanding acts of Military Valour.
The original Polish Certificate is followed below by an English translation of the original and then by a certified English certificate ( who's point will become clear in the next section). A Cross of Valour Identity Card follows.
Awarded to Civilians, Foreigners and Military personnel, for outstanding service to Poland, for acts of bravery, philanthropy and various other meritorious acts.
After his death, Hubert Brooks’ wife Birthe received on March 25, 1993 from the Polish Government:
Translation (from Polish) of the Commemorative Medal’s Certificate Nr. 240:
One would have thought that the award of these medals was quite straight forward, given the above documentation. However, nothing is simple or easy when politics enters into play...as we shall see in the next section....
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