ANZAC Day Service in Warsaw, Poland - 99th Anniversary Service - 25th April 2014
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|Polish Guard at the beginning of the ANZAC Service. Note the iconic Polish sabre held aloft|
Many Australians would find it surprising perhaps to discover that an Anzac Day Service has taken place here in Warsaw for some years. It is normally held in Pilsudski Square (Plac Pilsudskiego) at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 11.00am.
|The beautiful Saxon Gardens Warsaw in Spring|
I have always felt that the broad notion of 'allies betrayed' has bound Poles, Australians and New Zealanders together in spirit however complex and many-sided the actual historical truth. The three nationalities, allies in war but apparently so different, share a love of risk, a healthy disdain for authority, a sense of comradeship and committed emotional sentiment in many campaigns of war which required formidable heroism against impossible odds. In fact during World War II Poles, Australians and New Zealanders fought side by side at the appalling Battle of Monte Cassino. The Polish Independent Carpathian Rifle Brigade fought alongside Australian troops at the Siege of Tobruk. Three surviving members of the Brigade took part in this year's ceremony. A small number of bemused Poles and wide-eyed school-children always assemble to watch this puzzling (for them) ceremony.
|H.E. Jean Dunn Ambassador of Australia in conversation with Group Captain David Houghton the|
British Defence Attaché
|H.E.Wendy Hilton Ambassador of New Zealand happily ensconced with three veterans of the|
Polish 3rd Carpathian Rifle Division
|The wreaths are assembled|
|Three veterans of the Polish 3rd Carpathian Rifle Division who fought alongside Australian troops at the Battle of Monte Cassino prepare to lay their wreath|