Looking for info on a Polish Colonel, 2nd Polish Tank Brigade - Can you help?

Discussion in 'Poland' started by Drew5233, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    I wonder if anyone have any information in their books regarding a Polish Colonel call Jan Podola. I believe he fought with the 2nd Polish Tank Brigade in Africa and Italy after fighting in Poland in 1939.

    Here's a photograph of his uniform-Can anyone identify his medals. I believe there is 43 !


    Cheers for any help
  2. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

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  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Cheers Sol.

    The Order Virtuti Militari (Latin for "To Military Valour") is Poland's highest military decoration for courage in the face of the enemy.

    I didn't think they'd start that high ! I'd love to know what he got them for?

    I assume he must get a mention in a book or two but can't find anything on him on the web.
  4. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    2nd row: Order of Polonia Restituta (?) and Freedom and Independence Cross and Medal

    3rd row: Monte Cassino Cross, National Treasure Medal and Battle of Monte Cassino 25th Anniversary Commemorative Medal

    Here you can find some other Polish medal ribbons, but not all from your picture. Maybe some of them are from other countries.
  5. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Drew -
    Probably for any action at Monte Cassino - where they went through hell and ALL of them should have had the highest honours.....

    Rows four and five are the British - 1939/45 - Africa Star - Italy Star - Defence and Victory Medals....


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