From 16 to 18 June, the sixth edition of the “Meetings with History” of this locality was held in Łabiszyn, in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship (Poland).
This historic reenactment event is of surprising quality, reflecting the extent to which this form of living history is gaining a notable boom in Poland. The AA7 Historical Reenactment Association has published on its Youtube channel this video summary of the event, with a quality that is close to that of a war film:
You can see here another video of this year’s edition of this reenactment event:
Poles who are remembered as heroes in Holland
This recreation recalls the successful liberation of the Dutch town of Breda at the hands of the 1st Polish Armored Division, led by General Stanisław Maczek, one of the most celebrated Polish commanders of World War II. Maczek devised a maneuver to flank the German troops stationed there. After a hard fight, the Poles took the victory without a single casualty among the civilian population. In spite of being a hero of war, after the fight General Maczek, he suffered the same fate as many other Polish soldiers who had fought alongside the Western allies: the communist government of Poland, Stalin’s puppet, stripped him of Polish citizenship, being forced to live exiled in the United Kingdom. In compensation, 40,000 inhabitants of Breda signed a petition with which they succeeded in granting Maczek Dutch citizenship. The general died in 1994, at the age of 102, and according to his wishes was buried in the Polish cemetery of Breda, along with the remains of many of his men who fought and fell in that locality. Today, every May 5, Liberation Day in the Netherlands, the neighbors of Breda recall their liberators with a parade in which Polish Army troops participate, in celebrations in which the Dutch remember with special affection to General Maczek.
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