Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Gen. Bór-Komorowski’s insurgents was a group of men from 18 countries who fought until the bitter end.
In a series of short videos – one for every day of the 63 days of the Warsaw Uprising - British Vlogger Patrick Ney looks at different aspects of the Uprising. Here, in Episode 1, he is seen at the building of the Polish Security Printing Works (PWPW) in Warsaw, which played a key role in preventing the Germans from accessing the Old Town.
The fighting was intense but lasted only a few days before the Polish insurgents crossed the river to continue the battle there.
During observances marking the 74th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising against the Nazi German occupying forces, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that "we would not be here without the WWII heroes, without the Warsaw insurgents."
The Warsaw Uprising was the single largest military effort ever undertaken by any European Resistance group during WWII. After 63 days of bitter street fighting, with the Germans murdering civilians and POWs and bombarding the Polish defences with artillery and air attacks, General Bór-Komorowski and his men were forced to surrender.
Fighters of the Warsaw Uprising - in the mould of earlier generations - fought because they wanted freedom, Polish President Andrzej Duda stressed on Tuesday during a ceremonial Roll-Call of the Fallen a day before the 74th anniversary of the uprising's outbreak.
In connection with the 74th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, which falls on August 1, Polish President Andrzej Duda decorated 24 people, including participants in those historic events.
The boxing champ, who has an interest in Polish history, part-wrote and edited the film himself.
The Warsaw Uprising was the single largest military effort ever undertaken by any European Resistance group during WWII.