The photos of the legendary unit which fought in the Battle of Monte Cassino belonged to Captain Wincenty Tomaszewski, an officer of the Carpathian Lancers who after the war settled in Grimsby, UK.
Declassified documents from Britain’s security service MI5 reveal the full extent to which the man dubbed the ‘silent hero of WWII’ helped bring about the success of the Allies’ Operation D-Day.
Holding Poland’s highest military decoration, the Gold Cross of the Order of Virtuti Militari, the Błyskawica has been described as being “a precious national relic”, not to mention a symbol of Polish heroism.
The Cichociemni, or the Silent Unseen, were elite special-operations paratroopers trained in the UK to carry out covert operations, sabotage and intelligence-gathering in occupied Poland. Most of them completed their training at Audley End House, an early 17th-century country house outside Saffron Walden, Essex, England, one of the finest Jacobean houses in the UK.
He was a Polish patriot who fought the Russians, went into exile, sold a watch to Queen Victoria and now his watches sell for millions of dollars.