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Polish POW Plaque
Polish POW Plaque
Photographs supplied by Diane Watson

Plaque honours the memory of 14000 Polish Prisoners of War massacred by Soviet Forces at Katyn and elsewhere in Soviet Russia in 1940 during World War Two.

Katyn Forest, near Smolensk in Russia, was the place of the mass graves of over 4,300 Polish officers discovered by the German army in March of 1943. These were the bodies of the officers who became POWs as result of the Soviet Union's invasion and occupation of the Polish Eastern provinces between 1939-1941. Until their death, there were kept in three prison camps: Kozielsk, Starobielsk, and Ostashkov. Katyn Forest was one of the few locations where Polish POWs were executed in the spring of 1940. The burial locations of the remaining 10,000 officers and 11,000 others considered to be a threat to Soviet Union remain unknown.

Location

Address:29 Cintra Road, Bowen Hills, 4006
State:QLD
Area:Foreign
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.446053
Long: 153.040444
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1980
Front Inscription

( Inscription in Polish)

IN HONOURED MEMORY OF
14000 POLISH PRISONERS OF WAR 
MASSACRED BY SOVIET FORCES
IN KATYN AND ELSEWHERE IN U.S.S.R IN 1940
POLISH COMMUNITY IN QUEENSLAND 

 

Source: MA
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