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Andrzej Maczek is dead. General Stanisław Maczek’s son was 86 years old

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Professor Andrzej Maczek is dead. He was 86 years old. He worked to commemorate the contribution of Poles to the fight against Germany during World War II. He was the son of the legendary general Stanisław Maczek, commander of the 1st Armored Division. The Polish embassy in Belgium informed about the professor’s death.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Professor Andrzej Maczek, son of General Stanisław Maczek. We offer our thoughts and condolences to his family and relatives,” we read on the profile of the Polish embassy in Belgium on Twitter.

Andrzej Maczek was 86 years old. He lived permanently in Great Britain. He acted to commemorate and raise awareness of the contribution of Poles in the fight against Germany during World War II.

Who was Stanisław Maczek – the father of Professor Andrzej Maczek?

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General Stanisław Maczek was born on March 31, 1892 in Szczerc near Lviv. He graduated from high school in Drohobycz, and then studied philosophy in Lviv. After the outbreak of World War I, he was drafted into the Austro-Hungarian army. In November 1918, he volunteered for the newly formed Polish Army, where he served until 1945. In the autumn of 1938, he took command of the 10th Cavalry Brigade, the first motorized unit in the Polish Army.

After heroic fights in September 1939, then Colonel Maczek and his soldiers crossed the Hungarian border. Then, together with them, he made his way to France, where he was appointed general in recognition of his merits. In June 1940 he commanded a brigade during the French campaign.

A statue of General Stanisław Maczek was unveiled in Edinburgh (material from 2018)twitter.com/PolishEmbassyUK

After the fighting ended, he made his way to Great Britain, where he recreated his former unit, which in February 1942 was renamed the 1st Polish Armored Division. The division took part in the battles in Normandy from August 1944, writing a glorious page in the Battle of Falaise, then liberating, among others, Abbeville, St. Omer in France and Ypres, Roeselare, Tielt and Ghent in Belgium.

In September 1944, the 1st Polish Armored Division crossed the borders of the Netherlands, liberating e.g. Axel, Hulst, Baarle-Nassau, Breda, Oosterhout, Moerdijk, Emmen. The 1st PDP ended its combat trail by capturing the German base in Wilhelmshaven.

After the end of the war, General Maczek did not return to Poland, he settled in Edinburgh, where he died in 1994. He is buried at the Polish military cemetery in Breda, the Netherlands.

Main photo source: M. Bodnar/gov.pl

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