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Stanislaw Maczek - Polish commander, never defeated in battle, and fought as commander during the Polish Soviet War, the Invasion of Poland in 1939, and from initial landing in Normandy to end of the war as commander of the 1st Armoured Division (Poland) (Hill 262, Breda, Wilhelmshaven).

Stanislaw Maczek - Polish commander, never defeated in battle, and fought as commander during the Polish Soviet War, the Invasion of Poland in 1939, and from initial landing in Normandy to end of the war as commander of the 1st Armoured Division (Poland) (Hill 262, Breda, Wilhelmshaven).

Two Polish soldiers of the British Army guard a group of German prisoners in a field in the Netherlands

Two Polish soldiers guard a group of German prisoners in a field in the Netherlands near the city Breda which was liberated by the Polish First Armoured Division.

Polish soldiers from the general Maczek's 1st Armoured exhausted after combat at Falaise, September 1944. The Sherman in the background is from the 2nd Armoured Regiment, 10th Armoured Cavalry Brigade, 1st Armoured Division.

Troops of the Armoured Regiment Armoured Cavalry Brigade, Polish Armoured Division), showing utter exhaustion after the Battle of the Falaise Pocket, august 1944 (IWM)

England 1944 - 1st Polish Armor Division

Kazimierz Duda - probably Breda - 1945 - This photo could only date from 1945 : Kazimierz became a captain in September You can see the captain rank sign on his shoulder . This photo of Breda be taken at the end of winter.

Here is an example of the denim utility battle dress uniform. This was originally meant to be worn over the wool BD during dirty work. The Poles and British however found it more suitable for wearing whiteout the wool BD during summer. It should be remembered that only the U.S Army had issued special summer uniforms.

A volunteer living history group dedicated to accurately portraying the brave men of the Dragoon Regiment, Polish Armoured Division

WWI,13 Feb 1917, Pt William B Robertson was KIA near Gueudecourt, France. He is commemorated on the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, France, with others who have no known grave. -AWM

Feb Pt William B Robertson was KIA near Gueudecourt, France. He is commemorated on the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, France, with others who have no known grave.

Studio portrait probably of 3286 Private (Pte) Frederick Walter Thomas, 28th Battalion, of Perth, WA. Pte Thomas enlisted on 20 July 1915 and died of wounds at Pozieres, in France, on 8 March 1917.

Studio portrait probably of 3286 Private (Pte) Frederick Walter Thomas, 28th Battalion, of Perth, WA. Pte Thomas enlisted on 20 July 1915 and died of wounds at Pozieres, in France, on 8 March 1917.

WWI, 11 Feb 1917: Pt James O Mason was mortally wounded in action south of Albert. He is buried in the Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France -AWM

WWI, 11 Feb Pt James O Mason was mortally wounded in action south of Albert. He is buried in the Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France -AWM

Corporal William Thomas Kenny died 7 August 1916, Pozieres, Somme. Unit: 25th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force. © IWM ( HU 123474)

Corporal William Thomas Kenny died 7 August 1916, Pozieres, Somme. Unit: 25th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force. © IWM ( HU 123474)

WWI, 5 Feb 1917, Pt Bertram J Warren was KIA, France. A sailor prior to enlistment, he embarked with the 14th Reinforcements from Melbourne aboard HMAT Miltiades on 1 August 1916. He has no known grace, and his name is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France. -AWM

Studio portrait of 5439 Private (Pte) Bertram James Warren, Battalion. A sailor prior to enlistment, he embarked with the Reinforcements from Melbourne aboard HMAT Miltiades on 1 August .