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Poland in photo riddles - part 2


Paulina 12 | 2,229
13 Nov 2021 #1,171
all of a sudden a GROM operator peeked ouf of a mole hill. We talked for a while before he went on his undercover mission.

Ah, I see... ;D Well then I guess you forgot about "squadron E" - space operations :))

OK, since Riddle 2 has been solved:

and the second riddle for a reason that I will explain later

Those two caps, which are being worn only by GROM operators on the teams, have been put up for a charity auction with the permission of the commanders of squadrons A and C by a father of a sick boy. They are really rare - you probably can't buy them anywhere else, so I'm guessing they are a real treat for collectors of military stuff and GROM fans:

"A" cap:

facebook.com/groups/948525902604036/permalink/1020224452100847/

"C" cap:

facebook.com/groups/948525902604036/permalink/1020223792100913/

The father is collecting money for a surgery for his son which will take place in Germany - it's very expensive, they still have a long way to go and not much time left. If you can, spread the word about his auctions (he's putting also other stuff up for auctions):

facebook.com/groups/948525902604036/?ref=share

You can also donate here:

siepomaga.pl/team-pawel
OP pawian 180 | 17,056
13 Nov 2021 #1,172
put up for a charity auction

Noble cause calls for noble actions.

Well then I guess you forgot about "squadron E" - space operations :))

Yes, a huge omission on my side coz they have already saved our asses several times but their missions are so strictly confidential that very few people know about them.
OP pawian 180 | 17,056
14 Nov 2021 #1,173
Who had such long arms?

And here?:



Paulina 12 | 2,229
14 Nov 2021 #1,174
@pawian, I don't think I recognise this... 🤔 Is this someone who's wounded or drunk?

surgery for his son which will take place in Germany

Sorry, I don't know where I got this "Germany" from lol - it will be performed in Paley European Insitute in Warsaw for 277 000 PLN. They don't even have half of this money yet.

Noble cause calls for noble actions.

Indeed :)

they have already saved our asses several times

I can imagine - someone has to protect us from those green aliens from a different planet ;)

Hint for Riddle 1:

What do you think they were researching and testing over there?

Torpedoes :)
OP pawian 180 | 17,056
14 Nov 2021 #1,175
Torpedoes :)

I went in the wrong direction coz I looked for Penemunde which developed V missiles.

Is this someone who's wounded or drunk?

Not drunk exactly but behaving as if drunk. Or possessed. :):)
Paulina 12 | 2,229
14 Nov 2021 #1,176
Ah, it's "Wernyhora" by Jan Matejko! I knew it had to have something to do with Cossacks, judging by the guy's hairstyle :)
OP pawian 180 | 17,056
15 Nov 2021 #1,177
Yes, Wernyhora who was a legendary 18th century Cossack bard who prophetized the fall of Poland and its subsequent rebirth.

Who does this pet tiger belong to?



Paulina 12 | 2,229
16 Nov 2021 #1,178
The tiger belongs to Nero and the painting is "Nero's torches" by Henryk Siemiradzki. It's big - 385 × 704 cm, 27 square metres:

konserwacja
OP pawian 180 | 17,056
16 Nov 2021 #1,179
The tiger belongs to Nero

Yes! about first Christian martyrs burnt at stakes for their faith.
But I would prefer to call him Emperor Nero - we should pay due respect to notable rulers. History isn`t such a trivial matter after all. We need to deal with it respectfully. :)
Paulina 12 | 2,229
16 Nov 2021 #1,180
Ah, you know, he's so well known that it's like with Cleopatra - she was a queen, but people usually just say "Cleopatra", since everyone knows who she was anyway...

Also:

we should pay due respect to notable rulers

Well, he was an as*hole and I have no respect for him, so...
OP pawian 180 | 17,056
16 Nov 2021 #1,181
he's so well known

Yes. :):)

he was an as*hole

No., :):) It was his political opponents who blackened him in their diaries and chronicles.

I have no respect for him, so...

So I can only say I was trying to be humorous..... hahaha
Alien 4 | 435
17 Nov 2021 #1,182
@Paulina
@pawian
To reconcile you both let's call him; The Cruel Emperor Nero.
OP pawian 180 | 17,056
17 Nov 2021 #1,183
To reconcile you

Thank you very much, we needed that coz that respect for notable historical figures which I had called for led to a huge brawl and tensions between us. I was so stupid! Will she forgive me this one more time? :):):)

In return for your reconciliatory attempts, here is another riddle with a clue :

This guy is ashamed of himself. Why?



jon357 69 | 18,360
17 Nov 2021 #1,184
A treasonous general and Targovican number one.

In his own words (translated of course) "I am now a Russian forever"
Alien 4 | 435
18 Nov 2021 #1,185
Wasilij Stiepanowicz Popow
jon357 69 | 18,360
18 Nov 2021 #1,186
No (If it's who I think it is). The painting's by Matejko and is someone Polish with a very famous surname who was alive in exactly the same period. A relative (uncle? cousin?) of a famous writer.
OP pawian 180 | 17,056
18 Nov 2021 #1,187
A treasonous general and Targovican number one.

Yes, Szczęsny Potocki, one of the pro-Russian traitors who sold Poland and endorsed partitions in 18th century. Let his name be cursed forever. Above, in the famous painting Rejtan by Matejko. His merits were properly appreciated during Kosciuszko Insurection and he even achieved a higher position, unfortunately in effigy only coz he had managed to escape abroad.



Alien 4 | 435
19 Nov 2021 #1,188
He looked like a Russian...
Paulina 12 | 2,229
20 Nov 2021 #1,189
So I can only say I was trying to be humorous..... hahaha

Oh, OK... I didn't catch that, I thought that I'm getting a teacher's scolding or sth ;) I'm often not sure when you're joking and when you're being serious, so I can get confused sometimes :P

led to a huge brawl

How will PF ever recover from this ;D

Will she forgive me this one more time? :):):)

I don't think there's anything to forgive ;)

But, Alien, thanks for the mediation anyway :))

Btw, my Riddle 1 from post #1,158 still hasn't been solved - I wrote what that facility in the photo was used for in the past, but the question is - what is it used for now?

So, two more hints:

- it's located in a city with a rather young seaport;
- it's colloquial name is a historical name of a famous island - when long ago Portuguese sailors first discovered this uncharted island they called it in their language "The Beautiful Island".
jon357 69 | 18,360
20 Nov 2021 #1,190
it's located in a city with a rather young seaport;

It sounds like Formoza in Gdynia. There's an army unit there.

Is it about naval frogmen?
OP pawian 180 | 17,056
20 Nov 2021 #1,191
so I can get confused sometimes

The key to that is simple: I am serious in serious threads while in others - anything.
OP pawian 180 | 17,056
20 Nov 2021 #1,192
It sounds like Formoza in Gdynia.

Yes, you solved it! Congrats.

Those frogmen have an intriguing emblem:

Another riddle: Who is that female?





Paulina 12 | 2,229
21 Nov 2021 #1,193
It sounds like Formoza in Gdynia.

Yes, as pawian already wrote - you solved the riddle - well done! :))
Formoza is probably the coolest military base in Poland (that I'm aware of, at least) :):

formoza

Is it about naval frogmen?

Yup (you can see them in the riddle photo - they're standing in two rows), although, unlike their American counterparts, for example (Navy Seals), they were part of the Polish Navy for only a short period of time (not anymore). They do cooperate with the Navy, though. I think I've read somewhere that they're the least numerous Polish Special Forces unit.

Those frogmen have an intriguing emblem:

Yes, that sea serpent in the emblem is that sea creature that I had in mind when I wrote this:

what is the nickname of the sea creature which has it's "lair" in there?

Who is that female?

A merciful lady - death. The painting is "Death" by Jacek Malczewski:

death
Paulina 12 | 2,229
21 Nov 2021 #1,194
Who is this woman and why is she smiling?:



OP pawian 180 | 17,056
21 Nov 2021 #1,195
Coz she feels great satisfaction after being voted Miss Poland.
Paulina 12 | 2,229
21 Nov 2021 #1,197
@pawian
lol Nope ;) She is happy about getting her crown back though :) What does getting that crown back symbolise?

@Alien, nope, but close... She's a personification of something. Of what?
OP pawian 180 | 17,056
21 Nov 2021 #1,198
Rather Queen of Poland

Yes, she is Mary, God`s Mother, on the Coronation Day when she became the Queen of Poland. Till today people sing: Maryjo Królowo Polski....
Paulina 12 | 2,229
21 Nov 2021 #1,199
@pawian, nope, she's not Mary...
Crow 151 | 9,726
21 Nov 2021 #1,200
Who is this woman and why is she smiling?:

Its venerable Jadwiga. She smiles because she knows what coming in a post-covid world. True independance.


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