Wadowice Tobruk and Monte Cassino World War II Memorial
Synów Ziemi Wadowickiej
Podbeskidzia i Podhala
za wiare i ojczyznę
i Monte Cassino
In honor of the sons of the soil of Wadowice, the Lower Beskids and Podhale (nearby highland areas),
of the Polish Independent Carpathian Rifle Brigade and 3rd Carpathian Rifle Division, whose soldiers fought for Faith and Homeland at Tobruk and Monte Cassino
Location. 49° 53.007′ N, 19° 29.61′ E. Marker is in Wadowice, Małopolska, in Wadowice Powiat. Marker is on plac Jana Pawła II. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: plac Jana Pawła II 1, Wadowice, Małopolska 34-100, Poland.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 14 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wadowice 12th Infantry Regiment War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Świętemu Janowi Pawłowi II / His Holiness Pope John Paul II (a few steps from this marker); Pope John Paul II's Former School
Also see . . .
1. Polish Independent Carpathian Rifle Brigade (Wikipedia). "Polish Independent Carpathian Brigade (Polish Samodzielna Brygada Strzelców Karpackich, SBSK) was a Polish military unit formed in 1940 in French Syria composed of the Polish soldiers exiled after the invasion of Poland in 1939 as part of the Polish Army in France. It was commanded by General Stanisław Kopański....The division fought with distinction in the North African theatre of World War II, notably during the Siege of Tobruk....Fighting alongside the British 70th Infantry Division, the brigade took part in the Siege of Tobruk. Overnight on 9 December, during the British Eighth Army's offensive, Operation Crusader, which was to raise the siege, the Polish brigade seized the strategically important Madauar Hill, town of Acroma and broke through to the Eighth Army. Due to their impact on the battle, the Polish soldiers were awarded with a prestigious title of the Tobruk Rats by their Australian comrades in arms....Throughout its existence the brigade lost 156 killed in action (including 127 in the Siege of Tobruk), 467 wounded and 15 missing." (Submitted on June 22, 2018.)
2. 3rd Carpathian Rifle Division (Poland) (Wikipedia). "The 3rd Carpathian Rifle Division (Polish: 3 Dywizja Strzelców Karpackich, sometimes translated as 3rd Carpathian Infantry Division), also commonly known as Christmas Tree Division due to the characteristic emblem, was an infantry division of the Polish Armed Forces in the West that fought during World War II on the Italian Front. It was formed in 1942 of the Polish Independent Carpathian Brigade and the forces of Lieutenant-General Władysław Anders' Polish 2nd Corps evacuated from the Soviet Union....The division participated in the North African and the Italian Campaigns (1941–1945) as part of the British Eighth Army. Notable actions in Italy include the victories in the Battle of Monte Cassino, Ancona and Bologna. Disbanded after the war, most soldiers chose not to return to the new, Communist Poland...." (Submitted on June 22, 2018.)
Categories. • War, World II •
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