Freely I Served
by Major General Stanislaw Sosabowski
The First Polish Independent Parachute Brigade Group was formed in 1941 under the command of General Stanislaw Sosabowski. Created for the liberation of Poland, the unit trained in the United Kingdom until 1944. At that time, the Brigade was attached to the British First Airborne Division and parachuted into Holland as part of Operation "Market Garden." Although that operation was unsuccessful, the Brigade fulfilled its missions with extreme valour.
Freely I Served is the history of men determined to regain their homeland from foreign occupation. It is also the story of a Polish patriot who was prepared to stand against allied commanders to ensure that the Brigade could fulfill that mission. It is a fitting tribute to the independent spirit which is part of the Polish character.
General Stanislaw Sosabowski was born in 1892 and saw service in the Austrian Army in World War I. He joined the newly created Polish Army in 1918 and served in a variety of command and staff positions during the inter-war period. In September 1939, he commanded the 21st Infantry Regiment in the battle of Warsaw. Taken prisoner, he escaped to rejoin the Polish Army in France and later in England. After commanding the Parachute Brigade for three years, he resigned due to differences with British officials on the use of his unit. After the war, he was active in veteran affairs. General Sosabowski died in 1967 and was buried in the Military Cemetery in Warsaw.
Publishing House: The Battery Press Inc, Nashville 1982
HardCover book measuring 5.5" x 8.5"
202 pages, 11 photos/drawings, 4 maps
English Language Version
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