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Moj wrzesien 1939: Pamietnik z kampanii wrzesniowej spisany w obozie jenieckim (Biblioteka Centrum Dokumentacji Czynu Niepodleglosciowego) (Polish Edition) (Polish) Unknown Binding – 1999
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Let me start this review with a disclaimer: the author of the book is my grandfather. Although I have never knew him, I hold him in great respect (shaped mostly by his memoires) and thus this may resulted in a bias of my this review. You have been warned.
It is a memoir of events from Polish September Campaign (1939), written by author during his time in German POW camp (mostly in 42-43). Bronisław Konieczny served in the rank of captain in the 2nd Armored Trains Division in Niepołomice. However, his duty was not that of a train crew member; he was a high ranking messanger and curier, responsible for delivery, among other things, of secret codebooks to the commanders of various units. From the 1st September his assignment was to find various armored trains, scattered and on the constant move from the Baltic sea to the Tatras mountains.
With the German blitzkrieg, soon the communication in the Polish Army was in chaos. He travelled in search of the armoured trains - by rail, car, and foot - from Kraków to Lwów, and back, witnessing the deterioration of Polish command structure and findig himself sometimes near, sometimes behind the frontlines (of both sides). He was the witness of the Soviet Union backstabbing invasion of Poland on 17th September, and of many attrocities carried by Soviets and Ukrainian partisants. Only luck allowed him to escape imprisonmnet by the Soviets, which would most likely send him on a straigh path to Katyn.
Author shows in this book a breathtaking, tragic, but also professional account of the opening stage of the Second World War.Read more ›