1st Polish Armoured Division
 Vehicles of Polish Division
 Polish Home Army uprising
 Polish Officers 1945
 Scotland 1945
 Final Colours Parade 1945
 Photograph Gallery
 Anders and Sikorski
 An Army in Exile
 Headquarters staff
 VICS WAR 1921-2012 
 VICS WAR 1921-2012 
 Picture Gallery
The remembrance ceremony, City Hall, Cardiff Wales.
Poland army in exile history
Imagine for a moment that World historical and political geography had been very different and that your own particular country in which you live freely and in peace wherever that may be had been attacked by vastly superior forces from the dictatorships of Nazi Germany and The Soviet Union.
You had then seen your country overrun, the population slaughtered en-mass including friends, family, relations, and that you and your Government had escaped to another country to fight with foreign allies for your freedom and the peace of the world.
The whole planet then unites and engages in a World War under the initial banner of defence of your culture and borders.
Your country eventually fields the fourth largest military force in the conflict and fight in almost every theatre of action around the globe.
At the end of hostilities and the complete annihilation of the enemy that first attacked your country the whole Nazi dictatorship Navy surrenders to your commanders.
But then your country is politically betrayed by foreign leaders, your country is handed to other invaders, indeed the dictatorship of The Soviet Union, part of an alliance that first attacked your country, then changed allegiance after Nazi Germany attacked them and who even now after the war has ended, imprison and murder the Polish resistance army that first welcomed the allied `liberators‘, but who attempted against the will of a dictator, to initiate a democratically run, free country.
You and your Government in Exile cannot then return home though the war is won and you are on the ‘winning’ side.
The fourth largest Army in the War is yours but is excluded from a victory parade through the streets of London with it’s other comrades in Arms, as that might offend a foreign dictator that is now in complete control of your land.
So this would not be a pleasant thought for anyone from any nation. Betrayal, deceit, Political manoeuvring, lies. That is a situation that a whole ‘army’ of Poland has had to live with in reality since 1945.
In almost every country around the world there is a remnant, individual or community, that is at heart, a piece of pre-war Poland and an army destined never to return home or parade in victory through the streets of their own capital city.
Poland is now free. But this army in exile has mostly remained a prisoner of the events within history.
Politicians can win the war, but find it much much more difficult to win the peace.
Polish Army In Exile World War Two
The First Polish Armoured Division
Insignia of the first Polish Armoured Division.
This is based on a 16 and 17 century Polish Cavalry helmet and birds feathers, which were attached to wooden frames and worn on the back of Hussars armour in order to scare enemy horses.