Polish Navy Photos

During WW2, the Polish government endeavored to challenge mounting anti-Polish and ‘left-wing propaganda’ tactics that portrayed the Poles as ‘closet fascists’ who were not doing their bit for the war effort. The placement of photographers and war correspondents throughout their Naval fleet, was a way to show the important role the Poles played in defending alongside allied powers.[1] In May 1942, photographer Pawel Plonka was on board the ORP Garland and the result is an amazing array of photographs that belonged to Artur Nowaczyk. This wonderful collection of photographs can be viewed at Kresy Siberia Virtual Museum. If you have Polish family, you may recognise someone.

http://kresy-siberia.org/hom/?lang=en

Artur Nowaczyk, second from right.

Artur Nowaczyk, second from right.

[1] M.A. Peszke, Poland’s Navy: 1918 – 1945. (New York: Hippocrene Books Inc., 1999), p.117.