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An Aussie Digger gets a medal - Polish/Australian camaraderie during WW2?


Ozi Dan 26 | 569
11 Mar 2015  #1
Hi all,

Some may be familiar with the lovely story recently of Digger Mr Bill Robinson (now 97), a Rat of Tobruk, receiving the Polish Pro Patria medal for serving alongside the Poles during the North Africa campaign.

The Poles and Aussies (and of course other Commonwealth soldiers) struck up some lifelong friendships during this campaign. I know of an Aussie veteran who swapped medals and badges with his Polish comrades during the battle for Tobruk.

Are there any other stories of Polish/Aussie camaraderie during WW2?
bill97
12 Mar 2015  #2
Hi Ozi Dan,

He is my Grandfather, I am so PROUD :)
Harry
12 Mar 2015  #3
Good on ya, Bill!
Yogabbagabba
13 Mar 2015  #4
Bill97 much respect to your grandfather. I read his story. He is most worthy of the medal. Sto lat Mr Robinson!

I laughed out loud when he mentioned how the Poles could not wait to get at the Germans in Tobruk.

Greetings from Sydney.
Marsupial - | 888
13 Mar 2015  #5
Saw the story as well. Respect. By the way, plenty of Poles or descendants in the ozzie army now, don't worry bout that. He will live until 127. Greetings from nsw.
OP Ozi Dan 26 | 569
16 Mar 2015  #6
Hi Ozi Dan,He is my Grandfather, I am so PROUD :)

Hey mate - you must be!

Please pass my compliments to your grandfather.

Cheers

Sto lat Mr Robinson!

Hear hear!

By the way, plenty of Poles or descendants in the ozzie army now, don't worry bout that.

Isn't there mate. Never went to the Army but during my army cadet days my Coy. had two other Polish kids. It's that Polish military tradition.


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