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POLISH RIFLE DIVISION – MIDDLE EAST – CAIRO IMPRINT – WWII – SLAVICA: Ku wolnej Polsce [Towards Free Poland]. No. 95. Monday, December 16th, 1940



A series of rare newspapers in Polish language, printed in the Middle East during WWII by the Polish Rifle Division. 

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Together with 4 appendices: 
1. Polska. Dodatek Nr. 12 do Nr. 133 (239) “Ku Wolnej Polsce”. 4 Czerwiec 1941 [Poland. Appendix nr.12 to nr.133 (239) of Ku Wolnej Polsce. June 4, 1941].
4°. 6 pp. mimeographed text with illustrated title, stapled (Very Good, missing staples with small rusty holes on their places).

2. Polska. Dodatek Nr. 18 do Nr. 151 (257) “Ku Wolnej Polsce”. 25 Czerwiec 1941 [Poland. Appendix nr.18 to nr.151 (257) of Ku Wolnej Polsce. June 25, 1941].
4°. 6 pp. mimeographed text with illustrated title, stapled (Very Good, some staples with small rusty holes).
3. Naš tygodnik. Dodatek Nr. 17 do Nr. 148 (254) “Ku Wolnej Polsce”. 21 Czerwiec 1941 [Our Week. Appendix nr.17 to nr. 148 (254) of Ku Wolnej Polsce. June 21, 1941].
4°. 5 pp. mimeographed text with illustrated title, last page with mimeographed illustrations, stapled (Very Good, staples slightly rusty).
4. Naš tygodnik. Dodatek Nr. 31 do Nr. 190 (296) “Ku Wolnej Polsce”. 9 sierpnia 1941 [Our Week. Appendix nr.31 to nr. 190 (296) of Ku Wolnej Polsce. August 9, 1941].
4°. 6 pp. mimeographed text with illustrated title, stapled (Very Good, sheets lose with small rusty holes around staples).
This small collection of 5 mimeographed newspapers was printed in the Middle East, probably in Cairo, in Polish language by the Polish Rifle Division during WWII. The main newspaper Ku wolnej Polsce (Towards Free Poland) included news from all over the world. It was occasionally accompanied by an appendix Poska (Poland) with a stylized map of Poland in the title, which published the news from Poland, and Naš tygodnik (Our Week) with longer articles. One of the issues includes political caricatures andainst the Nazis and Adolf Hitler on the back.  


Carpathian Rifle Division and Polish II Corps

The newspapers were published by the Carpathian Rifle Division, which was a part of the Polish II Corps (Drugi Korpus Wojska Polskiego), stationed in the Middle East during WWII. 

The Polish II Corps (Drugi Korpus Wojska Polskiego) was formed in 1943, from various units fighting alongside the Allies in all theatres of war, one of them being located in British-held Iraq. The corps consisted not only of Polish soldiers, but also of Jews, Belorussian and Ukrainians. Many Polish soldiers were imprisoned in Gulags by the Soviets from 1939 on and were released in 1941, after the PolishRussian Military Agreement on 14 August, which allowed for the creation of a Polish Army on Soviet soil. 

The Polish II Corps played a major role in the North African and the Italian Campaigns (1941–1945) as part of the British Eighth Army. After the war the division was housed at various locations in England, where they maintained a presence until 1962.  

The newspapers by the Carpathian Rifle Division are today very rare and usually survive in sporadic numbers. We could trace some separate issues of Ku wolnej Polsce in three institutions (British Library, Buffalo State – SUNY College at Buffalo and Stanford University – Hoover Institution Library).


References: OCLC 269207064 & 504389454.

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