From the help of A.J.Zawadzki (thanks Tony) I know he was in the 66th Pomorski Infantry Battalion. I’ve since found a service history extract from the Ministry of Defence that confirms that, and shows he joined up 13-April-1945 in Paris, and transferred to Italy 12-May-1945.
Prior to that he had a pretty rough time of it. He was 15 when the war started, born in a tiny farming village, near Zamosc. Conscripted into forced labour on railway works as a youth, escaped that and served in the A.K. in 1942/43, Majdanek in 1943, slave-labour in Germany in ‘43/44, and escaped while being force-marched towards France (presumably to work on defence works) to be picked up by the American forces near Trier in the winter of ‘44/45. Transported to Paris to be fed back up and then joined up when able. All before he was as old as my own son….
I believe he had just completed training and was actually on a transport to the front when the war ended - but it would be great to know the movements of the 66th Pomorski in 1945, and particularly where they were in May ‘45. Also - does anyone know where their training/reserve camps were located?
Stayed in Italy as part of the occupation forces until being demobilised in England in 1947.
Paybook’s not in the best condition….
Training page - can anyone translate please??
I’ll attach some more images in another post.