Posted on Aug 01, 2018
Today, August 1st 2018, marks the 74th anniversary of the Warsaw uprising.
The men and women of Warsaw fought for 63 long days with precious little outside support, although a number of the Polish squadrons of the British Royal Air Force were to provide support, as were elements of the US Army Air Force and the South African Air Force.
It was to become the single largest military effort undertaken by any European resistance movement during World War II.
It was intended to take advantage of the advance of the Soviet Red Army, and the impending retreat of the Germans.
However, the Soviets cynically halted their advance to the east of the city thus allowing the Germans to regroup and consolidate. They wanted to allow the adversaries to decimate one another before entering and taking Warsaw for themselves.
Over 15,000 resistance fighters died in the struggle; General Berling's First Polish Army suffered in excess of 5,600 casualties.
The main victims, however, were to be the civilian population. As many as 200,000 died, with more than three times that number being expelled from the city, which was itself largely destroyed.
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