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  • Polish flag on Reichstag 1945?

    Does anybody know about this?

    On May 2, 1945, as Polish troops advanced into Berlin, a Polish platoon of the Kosciuszko Division of 1st Polish Army first reached the Reichstag and hoisted a Polish flag on its dome, only to have it mowed down by the fire of the incoming Soviet troops. Apparently, the Polish soldier who raised the flag was killed by the Soviets racing to have their flag hoisted on the building which, for unknown and unclear reasons, they decided had the most important symbolic value in Berlin.

    Both, Soviet, and Western sources as well, curiously omit and ignore the Polish participation in the final Battle of Berlin. Admittedly, in the sea of 2 million strong Red Army assaulting Berlin, the Polish troops were not so visible, but they played an important role in that battle nevertheless. About 180,000 Polish soldiers had took part in the final drive on Berlin under the command of Polish General Michal Rola-Zymierski, and 12,000 soldiers of the Kosciuszko Infantry Division, two artillery regiments and an engineering unit, found themselves in the middle of vicious battles on the streets of Berlin. Those Polish soldiers took 56 quadrants of the city, 7 factory complexes, 4 subway stations and most of the Polytechnic campus. They took 2550 POWs. But they paid a heavy price, loosing 2,800 of their own in these battles. On May 1, the Polish flag was hoisted on top of Brandenburg Gate, shortly joined by the red Soviet flag. Next day the Soviets removed the Polish flag, before advancing on the Reichstag building.

    http://www.loeser.us/flags/poland3.html
    "To be defeated and not submit, is victory; to be victorious and rest on one's laurels, is defeat."
    --Marshal Józef Piłsudski

  • #2
    The crew of the tank "Rudy" definitely participated in the storming of Berlin. They pretty much took the whole city garrison prisoner all by themselves.

    "Artillery adds dignity to what would otherwise be a ugly brawl."
    --Frederick II, King of Prussia

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    • #3
      OMG!

      "Polsko voisko Berlin bralo, Russko voisko pomogalo"

      The second part looks true, at least the flag on Brandenburger Tor on May, 2 is a published fact, if a rather obscure one.
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      • #4
        What about the Reichstag story?
        "To be defeated and not submit, is victory; to be victorious and rest on one's laurels, is defeat."
        --Marshal Józef Piłsudski

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        • #5
          There have been no mentions in any Western or Soviet books of Polish troops assaulting the Reichstag. This story stinks of BS heavily.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by ShAA View Post
            There have been no mentions in any Western or Soviet books of Polish troops assaulting the Reichstag. This story stinks of BS heavily.
            Don't be so quick to dismiss, Sasha. This could involve the same Polish unit that captured Paulus during the battle of Stalingrad.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MonsterZero View Post
              The crew of the tank "Rudy" definitely participated in the storming of Berlin. They pretty much took the whole city garrison prisoner all by themselves.
              You mean this guy?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by skoblin View Post
                Don't be so quick to dismiss, Sasha. This could involve the same Polish unit that captured Paulus during the battle of Stalingrad.
                Ah, yes, this was Anders' army which saw the Eastern Front as a too trifling problem to deal with and gave the Russians a master class in ass-kicking by annihilating the 6th Army on its way to Iran.
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                • #9
                  Even if the story were true and there had been a cover-up, it would have come up in the post-Perestroika years. I don't believe it.

                  "Artillery adds dignity to what would otherwise be a ugly brawl."
                  --Frederick II, King of Prussia

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                  • #10
                    If something like that happened today, there would be about 5 million pictures of it because of all the cellphone cameras!
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                    Prayers.

                    BoRG

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ShAA View Post
                      "Polsko voisko Berlin bralo, Russko voisko pomogalo"
                      "When Polish arms Berlin defeated,
                      the Russians tried help them with it.
                      "
                      It is in my translation of this famous verse.
                      Kind regards
                      Igor

                      * My grandfathers WW2 memoirs - Romania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Hungary, 1944-1945.
                      * On the question of "2 mil. rapes" by RKKA
                      * Verdicts of RKKA Military Tribunals for crimes against civilians in 1945

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Salinator View Post
                        If something like that happened today, there would be about 5 million pictures of it because of all the cellphone cameras!
                        Lol.

                        It would be nice if it was but without some more proof I would have to disbelieve it.
                        Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the cheesemakers

                        That's right bitches. I'm blessed!

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                        • #13
                          Polish flag on Reichstag 1945?
                          even if this indeed was the case, it would be very unfair to the soldiers of Red Army who were the true victors.

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