In the photograph, Polish tankers, Gen. Maczek's 1st Armored Division against the invasion of the continent. The 1st Armored Division entered the history of great fighting, including in the Battle of Falaise. Division troops were not allowed to enter Falaise. For Polish soldiers, the fight for this city was a baptismal battle. Less than a few days after unloading from ships, General Maczek's soldiers moved to a more than two-week battle. In the fighting lasting until August 22, 1944, General Maczek's soldiers captured 5113 prisoners, destroyed 55 tanks, 44 field guns, 245 armored cars and mechanical vehicles. The Polish losses amounted to 325 killed, 1002 injured and 114 missing. Also about 80 tanks were lost. From a tactical point of view, there were fewer reasons for joy. The main task, and therefore the closure of German units in the boiler and their extermination, has not been carried out. However, it is hard to blame the Maczek unit for it, because it had neither the strength nor the means to stop the numerous units of the opponent. In general, the battle was won, although there was considerable dissatisfaction due to the failure to implement Monty's plan which, however, summed up the effort of the Poles as positively. The 1st Armored Division, after completing its personal and hardware status, started to fight further in Europe. The Poles took part in the pursuit of the retreating German units. On September 6, the 1st Armored Division entered Belgium and liberated a number of cities there. On 17 September, Ghent collapsed, on September 19th, Axel. Next, soldiers of General Maczek took Breda on October 29, where they were greeted as heroes. The entire route of the 1st Panzer Division, which led through the liberated territories up to the fights in the territory of NiÄ ... gow, was a success. After the end of World War II, the Poles became part of the Allied occupation forces in the north-western part of Germany. They served there until mid-1947. I also invite you to @_history_pl
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