|Child Praying at Grave|
The Germans have seized a part of the ruined buildings of Jan Bozy Hospital on Bonifraterska Street, a school on Rybaki Street, and an apartment house on the premises of the State Securities Plant. After heavy fighting, the insurgents succeeded in keeping control of the ruins of the Simonsa passage on Dluga Street. They have set up defensive positionts in the ruins at 27/29 Dluga Street, calling it the “Heavenly Mother’s Redoubt”. Polish units are defending the Old Town and are fighting back enemy attacks from the south while retaining outposts on Miodowa, Podwale and Piwna Streets. Polish forces from the east maintain control of Brzozowa Street.
In Srodmiescie German forces have launched methodical attacks on insurgent outposts on Kredytowa, Krolewska, Towarowa, Chmielna and Zelazna Streets. Insurgents on Krucza, Wspolna, Hoza, Wilcza and Koszykowa Streets are under constant heavy enemy fire. The Germans have attempted to take over some houses on Króoewska Street near the Saski Gardens and on Grzybowska Street and have launched fierce attacks at the Railway Hostel and the Postal Railway Station, as well as insurgent positions along Towarowa Street. Meanwhile in southern Srodmiescie, after a fierce struggle, insurgent troops managed to seize a German outpost on Zulinskiego Street and take over the quarter between Poznanska, Żulinskiego, Marszalkowska and Nowogrodzka Streets.
|AK Machine Gunner|
The AK has issued another radio broadcast pleading for help from Warsaw citizens for infants and children who are hit the hardest in the Uprising. The battles have taken a heaavy toll on the morale on Varsavians,– constant bombardment from German bombers and artillery fire, overwhelming casualties, the wounded, dwindling food and water supplies. The devastation to the city and its people is unimaginable. The citizens of Warsaw are desperately struggling to survive and are beginning to blame the AK for their misery.
|Polish children orphans|
|Wounded Polish Insurgents in Hospital (location unknown)|
President Roosevelt sent a radio message to Churchill today stating that there is nothing that he or Churchill could do to convince the Soviet government to allow Allied planes access to Soviet airfields in order to conduct airdrops to Poland. By all intents and purposes, America has given up on Poland. He stated “I do not see that we can take any additional steps at the present time that promise results....Stalin’s reply...to our joint message...is far from encouraging to our wishes to assist.”
The following video is a partial segment of President Roosevelts speech recorded 1938. FDR Pleads For Democracy, Fireside Chat #12 1938/04/20 (00:01:23m)
A unique radio message was transmitted to the Polish Government in Exile in London from Warsaw “Lightning” Station, in which a poem was recited, and one that had become widely known during the Uprising. Here is a translation:
Why do you sing a mourning chorale in London,
While here we have long awaited a time to rejoice?
At the sides of their lovers, girls are fighting here,
And small children join them, and their blood flows proudly.
Hello....Here is the heart of Poland!...Hear Warsaw speaking!
Throw the dirges out of your broadcasts;
Our spirit is so strong it will support even you!
We don`t need your applause!
We demand ammunition!!!
|Churchill and Stalin|
Warsaws secret radio station "Lightning" has been broadcasting since the early days of the Uprising. Here is a special segment of yesterdays report. (in English) To listen, please click on the following link. The audio is often inaudible due to static, morse code, and gun shots in the background but parts of the message can still be heard clearly.
"This is Warsaw Calling. This is Warsaw Calling. This is Warsaw Calling All the Free Nations...." The voice of the announcer is that of Lt. John Ward broadcasting messages from the secret AK radio station, Blystawicka. He is the only British soldier who is a member of the Armia Krajowa. He has been dispatching messages to London since the first week of the Uprising demanding allied assistance and reporting on the details of daily events.
To hear "Lightning" broadcast in Polish please click here
|FFI uprising on 19 August, one insurgent wearing an Adrian helmet|
LIBERATION OF PARIS
To hear "Lightning" broadcast
addressed to just-liberated France (in French)
please click on the following link: