Veterans of Polish Women's Combat Battalion Hold a Reunion

TitleVeterans of Polish Women's Combat Battalion Hold a Reunion
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1986
AuthorsCottam, K. Jean
Pagination1 - 7
Date Published1986///


During World War II, a Polish female support unit was named after Emilia Plater; the Emilia Plater 1st Independent Women's Battalion (1 Samodzielny Battalion Kobiecy im. Emilii Plater) Her life has been a subject of studies from a feminist perspective by scholars to point out the significance of her participation in the military conflict as a female going against the stereotype that only males can fight. Wikipedia

(1943-1945) The first all-female Polish infantry unit. Following the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, and as a result of the Sikorski-Maisky Agreement of August 18, 1941, Polish citizens who had been interned in the Soviet Union following the Soviet occupation of eastern Poland in September 1941 were granted amnesty and a Polish army was formed under the command of General Wladyslaw Anders. Polish women internees were eager to serve in this army, in part due to their difficult living conditions. Soviet authorities initially objected to the recruitment of women but relented when General Anders argued that Soviet army itself consisted of many women.



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