Sunday, August 2, 2009

Poland Marks 65th Anniversary of Warsaw Uprising

Sixty-five years ago today, the Polish Home Army launched a rebellion against the Hitlerite horde, which was carrying out a brutal occupation of their homeland. Though the action failed in only two short months, I will always have the utmost respect for the people involved, just as I have for the brave Chetniks, who kept many of our downed fliers alive during that war, despite soul-crushing poverty and the hideous danger their actions put them in:

The 1944 uprising was led by the Home Army -- commanded by Poland's London-based government-in-exile -- which secretly deployed around 50,000 fighters in Warsaw.

It was part of a series of Polish revolts behind German lines as a Soviet offensive drove back the Nazis.

Against overwhelming odds, the poorly-armed Home Army began preparing as early as 1940. It hoped to take the entire city in 1944 but could only seize pockets.

Around 18,000 Polish fighters died in the revolt, and some 17,000 Nazi troops. Around 200,000 civilians were massacred, or killed by crossfire and bombing, as the Nazis took Warsaw back street by street.

You can read the rest of the Breitbart article here.

If you are interested, you can read more about those heroic peoples and their actions here and here.

I will always hold, in the very highest esteem, those peoples who willingly risk their lives in an effort to gain their own freedom from any form of tyranny.

As history has sadly demonstrated, this brand of courage is a decided rarity among the members of the human race.

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When liberty is taken away by force it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default it can never be recovered. -Dorothy Thompson