I have stumbled across this forum whilst researching my family tree.
My father was born in Wilno in the NE of Poland (now Vilnius). As I understood it he was captured by he Germans following invasion but made his way down to Italy where he fought with the Partisans before joining Anders Army under British Command, and was at Monte Casino.
HOW WRONG CAN YOU BE???
Following a request to the APC Polish Enquiries Record Office at RAF Northolt I have just received his service records and, to say the least, I am gobsmacked as to what they reveal. The records show that.......
Prior to 1939 he lived in Landwarrow, Wilno.
He was deported as forced labour by the Germans in 1942 and was then conscripted into the German Army, where he served from March - September 1944' when he was taken prisoner of war by the Allied Forces at Florence, Italy.
In October he was transferred to the Polish Army and was enlisted in the Polish Forces under British Command.
He was posted to 21 Infantry Battalion, 2 Polish Corps, before ending up in 14 Wilenski Rifle Battalion, 5 Kresowa Infantry Div.
He then saw active service between March -May 1945 at River Senio and the Battle of Bologna/Lombardy Plain.
He was then transferred to the UK where he transferred to the Polish Resettlement Corps, being released at Doncaster.
He was released under an 'Aliens Order' to Askern Hostel Colliery, nr Doncaster.
Later he also lived at Northwick Park, Blockley, Gloustershire.
As you can imagine, I have a number of questions.
1. Where was he between 1939 and his conscription to he German army in 1942 - where can I fnd out?
2. His PoW record shows that he was in the German Army and shows he was a OT Speer with Arbeitskommando 6 Komp - I'm guessing that this unit was giving support to the German army and wasn't part of the extermination campaign, since the term Arbeitskommando was used for this also (God I hope not!). Any ideas what he could have actually done?
3. Looks like he was in the German Army during the Mnte Casino battle - if he wasn't in it on the allies side, could his unit have been there for the other side (horrible thought of Poles fighting Poles).
His name was Mieczslaw Hajdukiewicz - would really appreciate if anybody knows anything about his circumstances or, especially, if they actually knew him.