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Polish Resistance During WWII – Polish Home Army

Group of underground publications by the Polish Home Army (Armia Krajowa).

Wiadomości polskie [Polish news]. Nos. 6, 14–23 (1942); 1–6, 8–9, 11, 14–16, 18–20, 23 (1943); 3–5, 7–10 (1944). Warsaw: [SZP – ZWZ – AK], 1939–1945. Octavos (22 × 15 cm). Modern brown buckram with 34 individual issues; ca. 8 pp. per issue, bound in a single volume. No.19 missing pages 3–6. Some issues with small private library stamp with the initials "TZWW" to final leaf. Text slightly resized to binding, else about very good.

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Wzlot: pismo młodzieży lotniczej [Ascent: journal of the young pilots]. Warsaw: [AK], July, August, September 1943. 24pp. Illustrations throughout. One issue (of eight published in 1943–1944) of the journal of the “Pilot youth” of the AK. Includes technical information for Air Force professionals.

Woisko polskie na obcźynie. Dodatek do Nr. 2 (1943) [Polish army in exile. Supplement to no. 2 (1943)]. Illustrated section of four leaves of annotated photomontages.

W dniu święta żołnierza polskiego 15.VIII.1943 [On the day of the holiday of the Polish soldier 15.VIII. 1943]. Four leaves of annotated battlefield photo-illustrations.

A significant run (34 issues out of 117 published) of the oldest underground journal of the Home Army (Armia Krajowa, AK), the Polish underground army which mounted a resistance against the German occupation during WWII. Along with the shorter weekly Biuletyn informacyjny (Information bulletin), the bi-weekly Wiadomości polskie, were the most widely distributed publications of the Home Army printed during the German occupation of Poland in 1939–1944. Issues included longer coverage of current military events, political analysis and patriotic articles about the progress of the Polish army. Along the top wrapper the early issues urge: “Respect the effort of printers and porters. Pass on into safe hands. Do not destroy.” The journal was founded as a publication of the Service for Poland’s Victory (Służba Zwycięstwu Polski, SZP) formed during the siege of Warsaw in 1939, with the publication of the journal starting shortly thereafter. The group was later reorganized into Union of Armed Struggle (Związek Walki Zbrojnej, ZWZ) which was answerable directly to the Polish government in exile in London. In 1942 it was renamed Armia Krajowa. The journal ceased regular publication shortly before the Warsaw Uprising with issue no. 13 in July 1944. Due to clandestine, low-cost production and wartime distribution, few issues of Wiadomości polskie seem to have survived.

As of May 2022, KVK, OCLC show no printed copies of Wiadomości polskie outside of Poland. Issues of Wzlot are held only at the Hoover Institution.

Book ID: 52077

Price: $1,250.00