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(5/5) Timewatch Battle for Warsaw World War II

World War II Second World War Videos Battle of Warsaw Warsaw uprising (1944), tragic attempt by the Polish Home Army (Armija Krajowa) to overthrow the German occupation as the Red Army closed on Warsaw. By 28 July 1944 citizens of Warsaw could hear the sounds of the battle between the Wehrmacht and the Red Army. The Soviets were concerned about a German counter-attack and ordered their troops onto the defensive on 1 August. The Home Army was sponsored by the British and the Polish government in exile in London, but the British turned down requests for active assistance from RAF aircraft and the Polish Parachute Brigade because Warsaw was beyond normal aircraft range and lay within the Soviet sphere. The USSR had its own plans and government-in-waiting, Rada Narodowa, and sponsored a different Polish army, the Armija Ludowa, which was unified with the Polish army that had been formed in the USSR. Nonetheless, the charge that the Soviets sat back and waited for the Germans to crush the uprising is baseless; there were four German armored divisions between them and the city and Marshal Rokossovsky, commanding the Soviet First Belorussian Front (army group), needed to regroup before continuing the offensive. The lamentable fact is that the uprising was intended to present the advancing Soviets with a fait accompli and was launched without prior consultation with either London or Moscow. It should also be noted that the Home Army did little to support the equally heroic and
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25 Comments to (5/5) Timewatch Battle for Warsaw World War II

elrjames777
January 4, 2011

@JimTLonW6 sorry to be disagreeable, but how can an episode lack a cleaner – perhaps gruesome would better convey the meaning you intended.

elrjames777
January 4, 2011

correction – please read 7.21 for 8.23 in my previous post – I apologize

elrjames777
January 4, 2011

The programme concludes by appearing to want the viewer to consider the uprising worthwhile “as a gesture of defiance”. However, at 8.23 the man has just said that the uprising was “pointless and possibly harmful”, which is understandable given the enormous casualties and suffering alluded to and the failure of its objective.

Eurofighter19
January 4, 2011

Great documentary.

JimTLonW6
January 4, 2011

A very moving account of a squalid episode.

lectocom
January 4, 2011

Any Pole could be forgiven for wishing nothing but death to Russians and Germans. Perhaps more so to Russians

lectocom
January 4, 2011

Any Pole could be forgiven for wishing nothing but death to Russians and Germans. Perhaps more so to Russians.

PoliticalPars
January 4, 2011

Thank you for uploading this documentary. Although I thought I had a good education, history lessons were the size of a thimble in comparison to what happened in World War II.

PoliticalPars
January 4, 2011

@IvoryBrother Thank you so much for saying this. I am learning to forgive, even if I never forget.

JaegerLeMaserati
January 4, 2011

Germany should have been split up and forgotten forever … I don’t think Germany deserves to exist as a nation today.

IvoryBrother
January 4, 2011

@EvilAlice67 — As a Pole whose grandfather was killed by the Nazis the second day of Uprising; whose grandmother carrying my mother in her arms (then just only 7-years-old!) was seeking an escape from a burning city after being thrown out from her own apartment leaving my grandfather’s body behind and all their possessions – I can say that we don’t hate the Germans. We don’t hate the Russians who are responsible for Katyn Massacre and more. We hate what their ancestors have done to us.

MsAppleeater
January 4, 2011

@Poeskaas you missed chronology, Germans and Russians attacked us, did what they did – then hatred started, not otherwise, try to understand a little it’s hard to say “oh you killed millions of us, created dreadful terror, but don’t worry we still love you”, I don support hatred but some feelings will last for a long time as history of oppression of those 2 neighbours are much longer than WWII

MsAppleeater
January 4, 2011

@globfrob what a terrible statement “we need to hate more” so odd…..

MsAppleeater
January 4, 2011

@brainstormnl don’t agree

MsAppleeater
January 4, 2011

@EvilAlice67 there is one bitter live rule: “the winner is always right”, you know

MsAppleeater
January 4, 2011

@abrasse1 I can feel sorry for them until they don’t attact me and force me to live my home….and I also know that stupid or brainwashed people are most dangerous

MsAppleeater
January 4, 2011

I just want Brits to watch that kind of videos before laughing that Poles have russophobia, though anti-german sentiment seems to be understood in Europe although I don’t support it, but understand it

MsAppleeater
January 4, 2011

@Neo9129 it was so tragic what happen to Poland during the war, uprising and after and I’m saying this as Pole….but honestly what Britain could do to liberate us as Red Army was already on our territory?? When I was teenager I thought the same way as you…betrayal…but now I think that we had bad luck to live between Germany and Russia, like a sandwich, in 1939 western Europe had chance to change our destiny but this is other subject

MsAppleeater
January 4, 2011

@cuttock I wouldn’t say ‘hatred’ these days, we need to move on and we do

cuttock
January 4, 2011

@Poeskaas

I appreciate your thoughtful comment. I will take it in consideration!

melisanda7
January 4, 2011

I hate the palace of culture and science in Warsaw…” a gift from the soviet union”… so ugly….I want it to disappear

Poeskaas
January 4, 2011

@cuttock You cant hate a nation for the action of some individuals.. Not every single German or Russian is Guilty. If the Poles hate these 2 nations then they pretty much got what they deserved. If you hate everybody then soon everybody will hate you..

licicaviki
January 4, 2011

“I would like to protest against mean and cowardly attitude of the British press towards the uprising in Warsaw [...]. In general an impression was created, that the Poles deserve to be beaten, even though they were doing exactly all of this, to which allies broadcasting stations were calling them for several years […]. This is my message for leftist journalists and for intelligence – in general.

licicaviki
January 4, 2011

Remember, that one always pays for his dishonesty and cowardice. Don’t even think, that for years on end you will be shoes licking servants of the Soviet regime, and then suddenly you will return to the spiritual decency.” -George Orwell, 1 September 1944

VitaminsAndPiss
January 4, 2011

It is amazing, the excat smae shit as this is happening in the middle-east and we call them terrorists. We must be Nazis.

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