The objective of the Uprising was more than a free city of Warsaw -- it was a free Poland.
It was defeated not in the streets of Warsaw by the German enemy, but at the conference tables of Teheran and Yalta by Poland's Allies.
On August 1, 1944, after 5 years of brutal German occupation, the citizens of Warsaw rose up to throw off their occupiers.
However, the target of the uprising was not so much the present German occupation, as the impending Soviet one. The Poles believed that if they could liberate their city, they could install the legitimate pre-war government instead of having a puppet one imposed by the Soviets.
Against insurmountable odds, with initial supplies of ammunition for only several days, the battle continued for 63 long days.
On the 60th Anniversary of its outbreak, we honor the sacrifice of those who fought, in the words of Norman Davies, in the greatest urban battle of World War II.
Anniversary Observances in Warsaw,
Last updated November 23, 2004
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CNN Presents: Warsaw Rising: The Forgotten Soldiers of World War II. Aired on June 6 at 11 PM, June 12 at 8 and 11 PM, and June 13 at 8 and 11 PM. To purchase a copy of the program, call 1-800-CNN-NEWS.
CNN Presents Classroom Edition: A study guide for history teachers to present this topic to their students, grades 7 - 12.
AK (Home Army) History: Articles in English, Polish, French and German
RISING '44 by Norman Davies. The definitive English-language book on the Warsaw Uprising. This link is a Google search of purchase sites & reviews.
Warsaw Uprising web site: dedicated to all those who fought for their freedom in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 as well as all those who, as civilians, perished in the effort. By Witold Kiezun in the United States.
Warsaw Uprising Museum in Warsaw. In Polish, English, French, German and Russian. Click on "Enter" for English.
In Warsaw, a "Good War" Wasn't by Anne Applebaum, op-ed in Washington Post, June 2, 2004.
The Warsaw Uprising: A View on the Betrayal After 60 Years Remarks by Gen. Walter Jajko of the Institute of World Politics
http://www.polandinexile.com/rising.htm: Also see their home page for information about other aspects of Poland's participation in World War II.
Polish Academic Information Center, University of Buffalo. Contains fascinating photos and history of some of the non-combatant services, such as the post office operated by Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, complete with printed stamps.