Polish civilian in Poland during German invasion, 9/1939; deported to Russia, 1940-1942; escaped to Persia, 1942
REEL 1 Background in Otwock, Poland, 1925-1939: family; education. Recollections of German invasion of Poland, 1939: German Air Force attack on Otwock, 1/9/1939; march eastwards from Otwock, 6/9/1939; attempt to meet father in Brest-Litowsk area; story of how father escaped fate of other Polish Army officers; re-union with father; failed attempt to cross from Russian to German occupied Poland. Recollections of arrest and deportation to Russia, 1940-1942: arrest by Russian militia in Pinsk, 30/6/1940; cattle truck journey to Kotlas area; move to Pietrakovo area; character of forestry work; types of work he did including working on ice road; circumstances of Russians freeing Poles, autumn 1941; building rafts to escape from forestry camps; travel restrictions in Russia; attempts of Russian authorities to remove Poles from Astrakhan.
REEL 2 Continues: removal from Bukara area to Kazakstan; move to Chimkent; father's starting of medical practice in Chimkent, 12/1941; obtaining medicine after father contracting of typhus-pneumonia, 1942; character of journey to Persia via Krasnovodsk; impressions of Persia, 1942; method employed to gain train passes; story of son who denounced his mother for politically incorrect sentence; former aristocrats desperate to leave Russia; attitude towards Russians and Communist system; method of rote learning employed in Russian schools; problems of life without documents in Russia; hearing news of German attack on Russia, 22/6/1941.
REEL 3 Continues: lack of news of progress of war prior to 7/1941; fate of Polish Silesians who registered as Germans in Russia; hospital conditions in Russia, 1940-1942.
Over two million American servicemen passed through Britain during the Second World War. In 1944, at the height of activity, up to half a million were based there with the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). Their job was to man and maintain the vast fleets of aircraft needed to attack German cities and industry.