World War Two Polish Sailors Royal Navy

THE POLISH NAVY IN BRITAIN, 1939-1947 (A 13529) Bluejackets singing carols and Polish folk songs during Christmas festivities aboard the Polish Navy destroyer ORP Krakowiak in Devonport, 25 December 1942. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205146825
THE POLISH NAVY IN BRITAIN, 1939-1947 (A 13529) Bluejackets singing carols and Polish folk songs during Christmas festivities aboard the Polish Navy destroyer ORP Krakowiak in Devonport, 25 December 1942. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205146825

 

THE POLISH NAVY IN BRITAIN, 1939-1947 (A 12342) Admiral of the Fleet Charles Forbes attended a swearing-in ceremony for Polish naval ratings at Glen Holt Camp at Crownhill, Plymouth, 16 October 1942. Polish naval personnel were also decorated with the Crosses of Gallantry, the presentation made by Admiral Jerzy Swirski, the C-in-C of the Polish Navy. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205145777
THE POLISH NAVY IN BRITAIN, 1939-1947 (A 12342) Admiral of the Fleet Charles Forbes attended a swearing-in ceremony for Polish naval ratings at Glen Holt Camp at Crownhill, Plymouth, 16 October 1942. Polish naval personnel were also decorated with the Crosses of Gallantry, the presentation made by Admiral Jerzy Swirski, the C-in-C of the Polish Navy. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205145777

 

THE POLISH NAVY IN BRITAIN, 1939-1947 (A 13527) The old Polish Christmas custom. Polish bluejackets break oplatek (for holy bread) and wish each other health and happiness. The Senior Polish Naval Officer at the Port of Devonport, Commander Konrad Namiesniowski, breaking oplatek with sailors at their Christmas dinner aboard the Polish Navy destroyer ORP Krakowiak, where he was a guest, 25 December 1942. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205146823
THE POLISH NAVY IN BRITAIN, 1939-1947 (A 13527) The old Polish Christmas custom. Polish bluejackets break oplatek (for holy bread) and wish each other health and happiness. The Senior Polish Naval Officer at the Port of Devonport, Commander Konrad Namiesniowski, breaking oplatek with sailors at their Christmas dinner aboard the Polish Navy destroyer ORP Krakowiak, where he was a guest, 25 December 1942. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205146823

 

THE POLISH NAVY IN BRITAIN, 1939-1947 (A 12350) Admiral of the Fleet Charles Forbes attended a swearing-in ceremony for Polish naval ratings at Glen Holt Camp at Crownhill, Plymouth, 16 October 1942. Polish naval personnel were also decorated with the Crosses of Gallantry, the presentation made by Admiral Jerzy Swirski, the C-in-C of the Polish Navy. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205145785
THE POLISH NAVY IN BRITAIN, 1939-1947 (A 12350) Admiral of the Fleet Charles Forbes attended a swearing-in ceremony for Polish naval ratings at Glen Holt Camp at Crownhill, Plymouth, 16 October 1942. Polish naval personnel were also decorated with the Crosses of Gallantry, the presentation made by Admiral Jerzy Swirski, the C-in-C of the Polish Navy. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205145785

 

THE POLISH NAVY IN BRITAIN, 1939-1947 (A 12349) Admiral of the Fleet Charles Forbes attended a swearing-in ceremony for Polish naval ratings at Glen Holt Camp at Crownhill, Plymouth, 16 October 1942. Polish naval personnel were also decorated with the Crosses of Gallantry, the presentation made by Admiral Jerzy Swirski, the C-in-C of the Polish Navy. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205145784
THE POLISH NAVY IN BRITAIN, 1939-1947 (A 12349) Admiral of the Fleet Charles Forbes attended a swearing-in ceremony for Polish naval ratings at Glen Holt Camp at Crownhill, Plymouth, 16 October 1942. Polish naval personnel were also decorated with the Crosses of Gallantry, the presentation made by Admiral Jerzy Swirski, the C-in-C of the Polish Navy. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205145784

 

THE POLISH NAVY IN BRITAIN, 1939-1947 (A 13528) Sailors distributing gifts (packets of cigarettes, chocolates, fruit etc.) to each other during a Christmas dinner aboard the Polish Navy destroyer ORP Krakowiak in Devonport, 25 December 1942. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205146824
THE POLISH NAVY IN BRITAIN, 1939-1947 (A 13528) Sailors distributing gifts (packets of cigarettes, chocolates, fruit etc.) to each other during a Christmas dinner aboard the Polish Navy destroyer ORP Krakowiak in Devonport, 25 December 1942. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205146824

 

THE POLISH NAVY IN BRITAIN, 1939-1947 (A 13531) Christmas aboard the Polish Navy destroyer ORP Krakowiak in Devonport, 25 December 1942. Boatswain distributing mail amongst sailors after the ship arrived to the port. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205146827
THE POLISH NAVY IN BRITAIN, 1939-1947 (A 13531) Christmas aboard the Polish Navy destroyer ORP Krakowiak in Devonport, 25 December 1942. Boatswain distributing mail amongst sailors after the ship arrived to the port. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205146827

 

THE POLISH NAVY IN BRITAIN, 1939-1947 (A 11439) The Polish President-in-Exile, Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz, visiting the Polish Navy destroyer ORP Slazak (Silesian) at Devonport, 30 August 1842. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205145008
THE POLISH NAVY IN BRITAIN, 1939-1947 (A 11439) The Polish President-in-Exile, Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz, visiting the Polish Navy destroyer ORP Slazak (Silesian) at Devonport, 30 August 1842. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205145008

 

THE POLISH NAVY IN BRITAIN, 1939-1947 (A 11438) The Polish President-in-Exile, Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz, visiting the Polish Navy destroyer ORP Slazak (Silesian) at Devonport, 30 August 1842. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205145007
THE POLISH NAVY IN BRITAIN, 1939-1947 (A 11438) The Polish President-in-Exile, Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz, visiting the Polish Navy destroyer ORP Slazak (Silesian) at Devonport, 30 August 1842. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205145007

 

THE POLISH NAVY IN BRITAIN, 1939-1947 (A 10848) Three cheers are given for Prince George, Duke of Kent during his informal visit the Polish Navy destroyer ORP Krakowiak. Plymouth, 11 July 1942. Prince George is accompanied by Commander Konrad Namiesniowski (third from the right) and Lieutenant Jan Tchórznicki (probably on Prince's right), the CO of the ship. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205144518
THE POLISH NAVY IN BRITAIN, 1939-1947 (A 10848) Three cheers are given for Prince George, Duke of Kent during his informal visit the Polish Navy destroyer ORP Krakowiak. Plymouth, 11 July 1942. Prince George is accompanied by Commander Konrad Namiesniowski (third from the right) and Lieutenant Jan Tchórznicki (probably on Prince’s right), the CO of the ship. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205144518

Under an agreement with the British Government signed before the outbreak of hostiliies, units of the Polish Navy attempted to make their way to the Baltic to break out into the North Sea and sail for England. Three destroyers and several submarines and various merchant ships managed to get away from the Germans and reach Great Britain. The warships were taken into the Royal Navy and manned by their Polish crews.

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