May 19, 1945 – The Great Finale Of The Epopeia Of The 1st Polish Armoured Division. Polish flag above the Town Hall PO and Wilhelmshaven houses. General Anders and General Simonds salute General Maczek’s division

On the first anniversary of the battle, the winner from Monte Cassino, acting as the Commander-in-Chief of Polish Armed Force in the West, General Władysław Anders, came on an official visit to the conqueror of Wilhelmshaven, General Stanisław Maczek.

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7-8 May 1945 – Tanks of the Polish 1st Armoured Division on its way from Gdynia to Warsaw. Above them 306 & 317 Polish Fighter Squadrons.


(…) MAY 6, the ships depart for Gdynia, with almost full armoured stuff of the  Division on board, assisted by Polish and English warships, with German pilots in the navigation cabin. In the air, the cover of the fighters of Polish squadrons: 306 “Toruński” and 317 “Vilnius”.

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May 4-6, 1945 – Great days of triumph of the Polish 1st Armoured Division and It’s commander, gen. Maczek

Soldier of the Polish 1st Armoured Division of general Maczek with the emblem of Nazi Germany, removed from the town hall of the city of Jever, after its surrender accepted by Col. Skibiński on May 6, 1945. The city of Jever was the main element of the outer ring of defense of the Wilhelmshaven fortress.

On May 4, 1945, in the afternoon, in Marshal Montgomery’s tent headquarters, on the Timeloberg Hill in Weschen Evern near Luneburg, 50 km south of Hamburg, Admiral Hans-Georg von Friedeburg, after receiving the consent of Admiral Dönitz, Hitler’s successor, signed the act of unconditional surrender of all German armed forces in the Netherlands, northwest Germany and Denmark. Bilateral cessation of fire was agreed the next day, May 5 at 8 am. Continue reading “May 4-6, 1945 – Great days of triumph of the Polish 1st Armoured Division and It’s commander, gen. Maczek”