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Polish War Cemetery Breda

(Netherlands, the - North Brabant - Breda)

Polish war cemetery situated facing the Texaco gas station at the Ettensebaan in Breda.

" On this field of honour are Polish soldiers who died in the Netherlands during World War Two buried.
They originally belonged to the divisions of the Polish land and air forces who in September 1939, after the capture of the Polish by the German army escaped to France, where the Polish government also found shelter.
After the capitulation of the French army in June 1940, the Polish soldiers succeeded again to escape from German war inprisoning. They found their way from Spain and Gibraltar to reach England safely. There they formed among many the First Polisher Armour division under command of General Major Stanislaw Maczek and the First Polish Independent Parachute brigade.
After the landing in Normandy in June 1944 these Polish soldiers fought among the Allied forces for the liberation of West Europe.
In the Netherlands they fought in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen, West Brabant, in the battle for Arnhem, Groningen and Drenthe.
More than 500 Polish soldiers and pilots who were killed during World War Two found their last restplace in our country, 156 of them here in Breda, which was liberated by the First Polish Armour division on the 29th of October 1944.

Text according to a sign at the cemetery.

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Source

  • Text: Jeroen Koppes
  • Photos: Anneke Moerenhout (1,2,3), Jeroen Koppes (4) & Fedor de Vries (5)

Address and contactinformation

Address:
Ettensebaan
4812XA Breda
WWII grade:
100%
Rating:
80%

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Amongst others, the following persons are buried here or mentioned on the Wall of Missing (Overview)

Fredericki, Stan
* August 29th, 1919
April 16th, 1945
Maczek, Stanislaw Wladyslaw "Baca"
* March 31st, 1892
December 11th, 1994
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My father was in the US 104th Infantry Division. They were first in combat in Holland. As was the custom in those days, Infantry divisions were supported by attached independent tank battalions. My father often spoke with admiration of the time his unit was supported by Polish armor.
By: Richard Aubrey
City: WEST OLIVE
Date and time: 19-03-2016 03:58:40
Ranking: 5 out of 5 stars
My Father, Jan Wegorzewski was one of three veterans who were present at the funeral and burial of Gen. Maczek - My father flew from Canada with these 2 men to form an honour guard at his casket - my father was the recon radio operator for the 1st Polish Tank Division in WW2 and the standard bearer that was made for the division after the war -
By: Wegorzewski Maria
City: Toronto Canada
Date and time: 05-09-2012 19:31:54
Ranking: 3 out of 5 stars
My father was in the Polish first armoured division and used to travel back to Breda each year and was treated so well by the lovely and respectful Dutch. His website is http://ww.janpirog.com as he has some photos of Breda. The division saved Breda without damaging any buildings and dad always told how he loved to be there. He died Aug 30th this year. He was asked if he wanted to be with his men, buried in Breda as Gem Maczek was but he did not. I will have a headstone made in the same style for him, Thank you so much for looking after these men who died in your country. GOD bless you all.
By: Julian Pirog
City: Bristol
Date and time: 28-11-2009 15:25:44
Ranking: 5 out of 5 stars
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