FELIKS BADOWSKI, FROM WARSAW TO WROCLAW THROUGH THE FORESTS - AN ACCOUNT OF A WARSAW UPRISING FIGHTER (Feliks Badowski, Z Warszawy do Wroclawia przez puszcze - relacja powstanca warszawskiego)
Feliks Badowski (born on 17th May 1923 in Warsaw) was a soldier who fought in ZWZ-AK (Union of Armed Struggle-Home Army). His account concerns his education and work, war experiences and life after the war. This witness describes in great detail his work in industry in occupied Warsaw and his struggle for independence in the frames of ZWZ-AK. He also mentions his studies within Towarzystwo Kursów Technicznych (Technical Courses Association). A vast part of the narrative is devoted to Feliks Badowski's participation in the Warsaw Uprising - he tells us, amongst others, about preparations for armed resistance against the occupier, how the army units were organized in the first days of fighting, and about the attack on the citadel. A lot of focus is given to partisan activity in Kampinos Forest - the witness explains, for example, the structure of partisan forces, their help for the fighting Warsaw, sabotage actions and how they received deliveries by airdrops. This account gives us also some insight into the way the inhabitants of villages and towns near Warsaw perceived the Warsaw Uprising. Also, it relates the marching-out of partisan units and their way towards the Swietokrzyskie mountains, during which - near Zyrardów - they were defeated by Germans. A separate part of the narrative is devoted to reminiscences from post-war Wroclaw - Feliks Badowski explains why he came to the Lower Silesia and pictures relations in his new place of work - Pafawag (Panstwowa Fabryka Wagonów - National Rail Carriage Factory).
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