The Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum

The Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum The Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum was set up to preserve the militaria of the Polish Armed Forces in the West during the Second World War.
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The Institute also holds the archives of the Polish Government in Exile, the Polish Armed Forces. The Sikorski Museum is located in Princes Gate in London and is a museum that was created by Polish exiles living in London who didn’t want to go back to Poland after World War Two, as it was now under Russian control. The Sikorski Museum contain thousands and thousands of artefacts from the war, and has recently undergone a renovation which has seen all the labels and signage printed in English as well as Polish for the first time ever. The museum is only open for two hours a day during the week (except for Mondays), between two and four in the afternoon, but is well worth a visit, especially for those interested in the Polish contribution to World War Two. Those who are unable to visit in the week can visit on the first Saturday of each month when the museum is open between ten and four. For information in museum opening hours you can call the museum on 0207 589 9249, or visit this webpage for a map of where the museum is based: Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum in London

Mission: Open: MUSEUM: Tuesday - Friday 2 pm - 4 pm and the first Saturday of the month 10:30 am - 4 pm ARCHIVES: Tuesday - Friday 9:30 am - 4 pm (library closed during february)

Warszawska willa na Żoliborzu w której przed wojną mieszkał gen. Stanisław Sosabowski. Warsaw villa in Żoliborz in which...
06/07/2020

Warszawska willa na Żoliborzu w której przed wojną mieszkał gen. Stanisław Sosabowski.

Warsaw villa in Żoliborz in which General Stanisław Sosabowski lived before the war.

Dokument „Niepokonany... ”, wyprodukowany przez Muzeum Historii Polski w ramach międzynarodowego projektu „Generał Stani...
03/04/2020

Dokument „Niepokonany... ”, wyprodukowany przez Muzeum Historii Polski w ramach międzynarodowego projektu „Generał Stanisław Maczek i jego żołnierze”, będzie udostępniony online już dzisiaj (3 kwietnia, piątek) o godzinie 18.00. LINK DO FILMU: https://link.do/dEnpb.

One of the last  photographs with Commander -in-Chief. From left: Minister Romer, general Sikorski, general Anders and g...
08/04/2019

One of the last photographs with Commander -in-Chief.

From left: Minister Romer, general Sikorski, general Anders and general Klimecki,

„Kurier Polski w Bagdadzie” 3 grudnia 1942 roku
01/04/2019

„Kurier Polski w Bagdadzie” 3 grudnia 1942 roku

In the summer of 1946, near Ancona, on the Adriatic coast. #woytek #wojtek #poland #polska #italy #włochy #bear #wwII #g...
29/03/2019

In the summer of 1946, near Ancona, on the Adriatic coast.

#woytek #wojtek #poland #polska #italy #włochy #bear #wwII #generalanders

137 lat temu - 20 maja 1881 - urodził się Władysław Sikorski - generał WP, Naczelny Wódz, premier rządu RP na uchodźstwi...
21/05/2018

137 lat temu - 20 maja 1881 - urodził się Władysław Sikorski - generał WP, Naczelny Wódz, premier rządu RP na uchodźstwie.

12 maja 1944 roku II Korpus Polski rozpoczął atak na kompleks górski Monte Cassino. 11 maja żołnierzom odczytano rozkaz ...
12/05/2018

12 maja 1944 roku II Korpus Polski rozpoczął atak na kompleks górski Monte Cassino. 11 maja żołnierzom odczytano rozkaz generała Władysław Andersa:

„Żołnierze!
Kochani moi Bracia i Dzieci. Nadeszła chwila bitwy. Długo czekaliśmy na tę chwilę odwetu i zemsty nad odwiecznym naszym wrogiem. Obok nas walczyć będą dywizje brytyjskie, amerykańskie, kanadyjskie, nowozelandzkie, walczyć będą Francuzi, Włosi oraz dywizje hinduskie. Zadanie, które nam przypadło, rozsławi na cały świat imię żołnierza polskiego. W chwilach tych będą z nami myśli i serca całego Narodu, podtrzymywać nas będą duchy poległych naszych towarzyszy broni. Niech lew mieszka w Waszym sercu.
Żołnierze – za bandycką napaść Niemców na Polskę, za rozbiór Polski wraz z bolszewikami, za tysiące zrujnowanych miast i wsi, za morderstwa i katowanie setek tysięcy naszych sióstr i braci, za miliony wywiezionych Polaków jako niewolników do Niemiec, za niedolę i nieszczęście Kraju, za nasze cierpienia i tułaczkę – z wiarą w sprawiedliwość Opatrzności Boskiej idziemy naprzód ze świętym hasłem w sercach naszych Bóg, Honor, Ojczyzna.”

Na zdjęciu w towarzystwie generała George’a Pattona.

„His troops (gen. Władysław Anders’ 2nd Polish Corps) are the best-looking troops, including British and American, that I have ever seen.”
– gen. George S. Patton, War As I Knew It.

8 maja 1892 w Stanisławowie(dziś Iwano-Frankiwsk na Ukrainie) urodził się generał Stanisław Franciszek Sosabowski.
08/05/2018

8 maja 1892 w Stanisławowie(dziś Iwano-Frankiwsk na Ukrainie) urodził się generał Stanisław Franciszek Sosabowski.

31 marca urodził się generał Stanisław Maczek.Koloryzacja zdjęciowa Marek Szponar
31/03/2018

31 marca urodził się generał Stanisław Maczek.

Koloryzacja zdjęciowa Marek Szponar

20/02/2018
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11/11/1918 - 11/11/2017DZIEŃ NIEPODLEGŁOŚCI/INDEPEDENCE DAY
11/11/2017

11/11/1918 - 11/11/2017
DZIEŃ NIEPODLEGŁOŚCI/INDEPEDENCE DAY

#Dywizjon303 #squadron303 #witoldurbanowicz #janzumbach #marcindorocinski #iwanrheon
03/10/2017

#Dywizjon303 #squadron303 #witoldurbanowicz #janzumbach #marcindorocinski #iwanrheon

Halton 1943. Young Polish air cadets, Gulag survivors, destined to function as RAF ground crew, beside a Hurricane.
02/10/2017

Halton 1943. Young Polish air cadets, Gulag survivors, destined to function as RAF ground crew, beside a Hurricane.

S. Jucha diary. 21th September:  We are leaving England at 2:30 p.m. Jump (unknown) at 5:30 p.m. Crossing...22th Septemb...
22/09/2017

S. Jucha diary.
21th September: We are leaving England at 2:30 p.m. Jump (unknown) at 5:30 p.m. Crossing...
22th September: Crossing...

Thank You Gary Jucca.

21.09.44r. operacja Market-Garden. Sam. Bryg. Spadochronowa zostaje zrzucona nad Driel.
22/09/2017

21.09.44r. operacja Market-Garden. Sam. Bryg. Spadochronowa zostaje zrzucona nad Driel.

#1944 #may #2017 #montecassino
19/05/2017

#1944 #may #2017 #montecassino

18th of May is the 73rd Anniversary of the final Battle of Monte Cassino when Polish troops took the monastery. #WW2 #po...
19/05/2017

18th of May is the 73rd Anniversary of the final Battle of Monte Cassino when Polish troops took the monastery. #WW2 #polishIIcorps

12th of May 1970 in London died general Władysław Albert Anders.
12/05/2017

12th of May 1970 in London died general Władysław Albert Anders.

11 maja 1944 roku 2. Korpus Polski dowodzony przez gen. Władysława Andersa rozpoczął atak na okupowany przez Niemców mas...
11/05/2017

11 maja 1944 roku 2. Korpus Polski dowodzony przez gen. Władysława Andersa rozpoczął atak na okupowany przez Niemców masyw górski Monte Cassino.

11th of May 1944 The Polish 2nd Corps lead by gen. Anders attacked Monte Cassino.

Generał Stanisław Franciszek Sosabowski, jeden z najwybitniejszych żołnierzy w historii polskiej wojskowości, urodził si...
08/05/2017

Generał Stanisław Franciszek Sosabowski, jeden z najwybitniejszych żołnierzy w historii polskiej wojskowości, urodził się 8 maja 1892 w Stanisławowie.

Stanisław Sosabowski was born 8th of may 1892 in Stanisławów. Was a Polish general in World War II. He fought in the Battle of Arnhem (Netherlands) in 1944 as commander of the Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade.

"When jumping with a parachute, everyone is afraid. Do not believe those who say that they were not afraid. It is not true, and it would be unnatural" - Stanisław Sosabowski (1957) Najkrótszą drogą (Through the shortest way) London : Committe of Polish Parachutists.

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07/05/2017

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Mundur generała broni Władysława Sikorskiego.Gen. Sikorski's uniform. #history #poland #museum #sikorski #wwII #london #...
06/05/2017

Mundur generała broni Władysława Sikorskiego.

Gen. Sikorski's uniform.

#history #poland #museum #sikorski #wwII #london #genaral #army

Gen. Władysław Sikorski's uniform, worn on his visit to the Soviet Union in December 1941. Umundurowanie generała broni ...
04/05/2017

Gen. Władysław Sikorski's uniform, worn on his visit to the Soviet Union in December 1941.

Umundurowanie generała broni Władysława Sikorskiego, które nosił w czasie wizyty w ZSRR w grudniu 1941 roku.

Muzeum Wojska Polskiego w Miasto Stołeczne Warszawa.

Kukiełki z teatru 2. Korpusu Polskiego.Puppets from the 2nd Polish Corps puppet theater. Muzeum Wojska Polskiego. Vivat ...
03/05/2017

Kukiełki z teatru 2. Korpusu Polskiego.

Puppets from the 2nd Polish Corps puppet theater.

Muzeum Wojska Polskiego. Vivat Maj, 3 Maj!

29 kwietnia 1944 roku Niemcy aresztowali Natalię Tułasiewicz- pełnomocniczkę Rządu Londyńskiego. Trafiła do obozu w Rave...
29/04/2017

29 kwietnia 1944 roku Niemcy aresztowali Natalię Tułasiewicz- pełnomocniczkę Rządu Londyńskiego. Trafiła do obozu w Ravensbrück, gdzie została zabita w komorze gazowej.

24.04.1914r. urodził się por. Jan Karski, emisariusz Polskiego Państwa Podziemnego do przywódców aliantów, z informacją ...
25/04/2017

24.04.1914r. urodził się por. Jan Karski, emisariusz Polskiego Państwa Podziemnego do przywódców aliantów, z informacją o zagładzie Żydów.

5 IV 1941  zmarł gen. Franciszek Kleeberg. Dowódca ostatniej bitwy kampanii wrześniowej stoczonej pod Kockiem, między 2 ...
05/04/2017

5 IV 1941 zmarł gen. Franciszek Kleeberg. Dowódca ostatniej bitwy kampanii wrześniowej stoczonej pod Kockiem, między 2 a 6 października 1939 roku.

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Edmund Rzymek, my father who was in the 1st Polish Armoured Division 1944
My father, Edmund Rzymek who was in the 1st Polish Armoured Division
THE FORGOTTEN HOLOCAUST! This year 2020 not only marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the ending of the Second World War and the ending of the Holocaust, but did you know there were two genocidal Holocausts? Read about it here: https://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/remembering-the-forgotten-holocaust-of-10-february/3940733/
Greetings - It was suggested to me by a member of WW2 - 2 Korpus Polski that you might be interested to read about the painting I recently obtained and have been researching. My original post at WW2-2 Polski Korpus was on January 8th and I posted there again yesterday as it is now offered on Ebay. If anyone has any further information I would love to know. Thank you.
Do you have information about soldiers in the Armia Andersa?
SON OF A RELUCTANT IMMIGRANT. As a youngster back in the fifties, I used to visit the Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum, better known to me as the 'POLISH CLUB' with my father Jozef Zawadzki. It was here that I met both General Anders and General Maczek. It was also the place that I first heard that General Maczek held me in his upraised arms when I was only a few days old while addressing the 1st Polish Armoured Division prior to the invasion of Normandy in 1944. While holding me aloft he shouted out 'THIS IS WHAT WE ARE FIGHTING FOR' in Polish, meaning the future generations to come. The response was mighty cheer's from all accounts that I have heard. So how did I as a member of the future generation get along? I have just had my autobiography publish and I believe it makes very interesting reading. Its called 'SON OF A RELUCTANT IMMIGRANT' and is available at present on amazon.uk
Could you identify the soldier who this Monte Cassino cross 4 333 belonged to and medal entitlement for me please ? Regards Keith Browning
1st Polish Armoured Division. June 1944. Son of a Reluctant Immigrant 30 May at 11:16 · 6th JUNE 1944. D DAY. With the celebration activities currently underway to mark the 75th Anniversary of the D Day Landings in June of 1944 fast approaching, I thought it would be appropriate to mention my part in the actual invasion. A part that was very significant to the final outcome of the war although never mentioned. My part? that a bit strange as I was only a few days old at the time. At the mear mention of 'D DAY,' many thousands of individuals minds go back to the time they recall seeing the film clip of a landing craft going onto the beach with soldiers rushing out, they also recall seeing the soldier in the background who appears to have been hit by a shot before falling to the ground and after a bit of movement lying very still. I'm sure that everyone like myself says he's dead. This is a film clip seen by many millions of individuals which will always be embedded in their memories. As the Anniversary fast approaches, it will be noted that veterans of the actual landings have greatly diminished and are few and far apart. Stories that they used to tell will become distant memories although many have put pen to paper and told of their wartime experiences. Unfortunately in this so-called Modern World that we live in, Who is actually interested in deeds of the past? So where do I fit into this story? Well, my father was a serving soldier in the 1st Polish Armoured Division station and used in Scotland for the defence of the Eastern Coast. It was commanded by General Stanislaw Maczek, possibly one of the most underrated and undervalued Generals of the war. Now just for a moment let your mind run wild and conjure up in your mind an image of a General giving a speech to his troops ending with the words FOR GOD, KING/QUEEN and COUNTRY, and waving the UNION JACK. Just imagine the inspiration that, that General would have given to his troops. Now try to imagine General Maczek in the same situation addressing his troops just prior to their embarking but instead of raising a Polish Flag, raising ME above his head in his outstretched arms and shouting out in Polish 'THIS IS WHAT WE ARE FIGHTING FOR' I was told many years later that the response to his speech and raising me above his head was greeted by the loudest cheers that he had ever heard in his live. It is only after many years thinking of this occasion that the true meaning of his words was felt and why he received such a response from his men. Very little is ever written or spoken about the Polish Army or their achievements and commitments in World War II much to the shame of the British and Allied Governments. Many underhand agreements were being made by both Churchill and Roosevelt just to appease Stalin which culminated in the YALTA CONFERENCE in 1945, which basically meant that the Polish Army was never going to return to their homeland of Poland. This was known to the majority of Poles and to put it in a nutshell they had nothing to gain by going to war in Europe. Many do not even know that the Polish Armed Forces were never invited to attend the Freedom Day Celebration or March Pass. General Maczek was much loved by his followers and very well respected by the Scots and the Dutch whom he liberated from the Germans especially in places such as Breda and Wilhelmshaven. He was also awarded honorary Dutch citizenship. When he left the Polish Army, with just his personal possessions and with no money, he had his Polish Citizenship revoked and was deprived of any pension even by the British Government. He settled down in Edinburgh with his wife and three children including a disabled daughter and found employment as a barman in a local hotel. He had very little to survive on and it is only with the help of the Dutch Government who gave him a secret pension, that he managed to survive. I met General Maczek (the name Maczek is Polish for poppy) On a number of occasions along with General Anders at the Polish Club in Kensington. This is where he first told me of how he held me in his arms when I was only a few days old. I firmly believe that on the occasion that he held me in his arms, before the Polish 1st Armoured Division, there must have been photos or even a film taken of the occasion. Maybe, just maybe one day I will see a photo or even the film. Very little is said about the Polish Forces of WW II or its leaders apart from its Pilots who served with the RAF. If you want to know more just google General Stanislaw Maczek. Please share and get this out to all your friends and yes comments are most welcome. Leon (Fred) Z Son of a Reluctant Immigrant. Lord of Blackwood.
My grand father was in monte cassino!! Stanislaw malec. My mother is Tamara E. T. Dzitijew Dzieciejew she is ALIVE AND LEAVE IN ARGENTINA, SHE IS 89 YEARS OLD!!!!!! , she's brother was arkadiuzs dziecieciejew , she's father was: sachambeck dzieciejew who was with pilsudsky, and my grand mother was zofia dzieciejew who was in 2nd polish corp (pls see your list). Please i wait your comments assap. Many thanks in advance !!!!
Absolutely Great Place and Museum!
Szanowni Państwo, z okazji 100. rocznicy odzyskania przez Polskę niepodległości nagraliśmy wyjątkową płytę z polską muzyką patriotyczną. Mamy tylko 26 dni na zebranie potrzebnej kwoty, aby wydać płytę. Gorąco zachęcamy do wsparcia tego niezwykłego projektu choćby najmniejszą sumą. Liczy się każdy grosz.