Training With The
1st Independent Polish Parachute Brigade

Wladyslaw At Parachute Toower

Overview

I was one of the first group of Polish men to train within the 1st Independent Polish Parachute Brigade. When I joined in August 1942 there were only may 200-300 Polish men from Anders army that had joined the parachute regiment.

Later in 1943 many thousands of Polish soldiers came from the Middle East and joined. But I was there first!

It was an amazing experience to be part of this, the regiment also got to parade at Edinburgh Airport on 21 November 1942. These were happy days for me.

Malpi Gaj - The Monkey Grove

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The Parachute Tower

Training In The Hills At Perth & Stirling

RAF Ringway

Jumping Out Of The Whitley Bomber

Earning My "Znak Spadochronowy"

4th March 1943

Today, my military records will show that I was "transferred in every respect to the special company Parachute Brigade" (Editors note: could this be the Special Grenadiers? Or the "10th Company" who where you were sent for disciplinary reasons?). According to the War Diary of 1IPPB, on 30/3/43 "Special Company" was renamed "Parachute Company P-Armoured".

20th April 1943

On 20th April 1943 "transferred in every respect to the Army Recruiting Command No. 1" (Source: Military Records). This possibly indicates that Wladyslaw transferred out of the 1st Independent Polish Parachute Regiment.

This was the point that he left the parachute Brigade and transferred into the 1st Armoured Division (where his brother was).

23rd April 1943

"arrived at ?? of the Army Recruiting Command No. 1" (Source: Military Records). Given that we think he transferred out of the 1st Independent Polish Parachute Regiment on 20th April 1942, he was perhaps travelling between the 20th April and 23rd April. Could this possibly be the relocation from Leven, Fife, to Luton, London?

29th April 1943 - 1st Armoured Division (Duns, Edinburgh)

"assigned in every respect to the First Armoured Division registered to the Squad Governing Movement (Gendarmerie/Military Police)". We suspect this is the "Traffic Control Squadron".

Daily Orders Of The HQ Squadron 1st Armoured Division Extract - 1943 04 29 Nr100

30th April 1943 - Health

"by decision of the Conscription Committee … of the Army Hospital No. 1 was qualified as fit for duty Category C”. "

Due to my injuries I spend some time here at Taymouth Castle (Hospital for Polish soldiers).

Taymouth Castle

10th May 1943

"seconded for a course for automobile drivers"

21st May 1943

"returned from the automobile drivers course Order"

19th May 1944

"by decision of the Military Medical Review Board at the Army Hospital No. 1 classified as completely unfit Category E”

20th June 1944

"transferred in every respect to the Army Recruiting Command No. 1"

23rd June 1944

"reported to the First Transitional? Company"

5th July 1944

transferred to Transitional? Company No. 2

13th Jan 1945

released from regular military duty on the basis of the judgment of the Military Medical Review Board at the Army Hospital No. 1 as of May 25, 1944 as completely unfit Category „E”. Army Recruiting Command No. 1 Daily Order 10/45

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