History of gallant Polish unit brought to life by exhibition

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RARE and previously unseen artefacts from the 1st Polish Armoured Division, which fought with distinction in the Second World War, will go on show for the first time in Yorkshire tomorrow in an exhibition at Hull’s Maritime Museum.

Put together by the grandson of a man who served with the unit, For Our Freedom and Yours traces the story of the division, from its formation in Duns, in the Scottish Borders, in 1942, to its campaigns in Western Europe from 1944 to 1945.

The national touring exhibition features uniforms, equipment, and personal belongings, including the photographs and memoirs of the unit’s commander, General Stanislaw Maczek.

Sean Szmalc, who put the exhibition together with his partner Margot Corson, said: “Each individual visitor will get a feeling of what it was like to have been a soldier on the front lines in the Polish army, from the invasion of Poland in September 1939 to the end of the war in 1945.”

The exhibition runs until January 22.

Meanwhile, a remembrance event for families is being held at the Streetlife Museum tomorrow, and on Sunday an illustrated talk on the contribution of Polish forces in the Second World War will be given at the Ferens Art Gallery.