Polish Armed Forces Exhibit

Polish Armed Forces Exhibit The Polish Armed Forces Exhibit opened in 1984 on the decommissioned light cruiser, USS Little Rock, in the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park. Canalside in the City of Buffalo, New York, USA.

This page celebrates the PAFE that opened on August 19th, 1984. The purpose is to honor the six million Polish people who lost their lives during World War II in defense of their homeland and share the history about these freedom fighters. The unofficial page and creator are not affiliated with the exhibits Committee or the Naval Park. Please view the many Photo Albums of veterans, artifacts and read their stories. Click on a Photo to view & enlarge, select the Options button and select Download to Save a high quality image or to read any News text with the zoom feature.

05/28/2020
INVINCIBLE. THE STORY OF GENERAL STANISŁAW MACZEK'S LIFE

"Invincible: The story of General Stanisław Maczek” directed by R. Geremek (in Polish with English subtitles, 60 mins), is an amazing story about an exceptional man, for whom the end of World War II was not a personal victory, even though he did not lose a single battle.

As a young man, he dreamt of becoming an academic philosopher. In 1918, he was promoted personally by Commander Józef Piłsudski on the battlefield. In 1939, ...

Polish Armed Forces gallantly participated in active combat on land, high seas and in the air. These brave men and women...
05/21/2020

Polish Armed Forces gallantly participated in active combat on land, high seas and in the air. These brave men and women fought for your freedom and ours alongside the Allies on the Western Front, as well as in Poland as the underground Home Army and intelligence gathering network.

Polish Armed Forces gallantly participated in active combat on land, high seas and in the air. These brave men and women fought for your freedom and ours alongside the Allies on the Western Front, as well as in Poland as the underground Home Army and intelligence gathering network.

The Polish II Corps (Drugi Korpus Wojska Polskiego) was a unit of the Polish Armed Forces in the West during World War I...
05/16/2020
Monte Cassino—a battle for Poland

The Polish II Corps (Drugi Korpus Wojska Polskiego) was a unit of the Polish Armed Forces in the West during World War II, commanded by Lieutenant General Władysław Anders, and fought with distinction at the Battle of Monte Cassino.

The Memorial Museum of the 2nd Polish Corps of General Władysław Anders, to whom we owe historic victory on 18 May 1944, has been open for visits since 2014 at the Polish military cemetery at Monte Cassino.

75th anniversary of Germany’s unconditional surrender on May 8th, 1945, marked the end of WWII in Europe.
05/08/2020
Europe holds low-key VE Day commemorations due to virus

75th anniversary of Germany’s unconditional surrender on May 8th, 1945, marked the end of WWII in Europe.

LONDON (AP) — Europe was marking the 75th anniversary of the surrender of Nazi Germany to Allied forces following six years of war in a low-key fashion Friday due to coronavirus lockdown...

During World War II in April of 1945 the Polish 1st Armoured Division, commanded by General Stanisław Maczek, entered Ge...
05/05/2020

During World War II in April of 1945 the Polish 1st Armoured Division, commanded by General Stanisław Maczek, entered Germany. On May 6th, they seized the naval base port in Wilhelmshaven, ending the war. Division flag reads, Honor and Fatherland, the unofficial motto of the military of Poland. Photo from Polish veteran Waldemar Czyz

Support the Park...
05/04/2020

Support the Park...

The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Less than 3% of our operational budget comes from government funding. We instead rely on visitors and the generosity of our donors. Being unable to welcome guests makes your support even more critical.
Please consider helping us with a donation during these unprecedented times. Click on the link below.
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04/11/2020

The Battlefields of Glory

Polish Armed Forces gallantly participated in active combat on land, high seas and in the air. These brave men and women...
04/03/2020

Polish Armed Forces gallantly participated in active combat on land, high seas and in the air. These brave men and women fought for your freedom and ours alongside the Allies on the Western Front, as well as in Poland as the underground Home Army and intelligence gathering network.

Polish Armed Forces gallantly participated in active combat on land, high seas and in the air. These brave men and women fought for your freedom and ours alongside the Allies on the Western Front, as well as in Poland as the underground Home Army and intelligence gathering network.

General Stanisław Maczek was born on this date in 1892. Commander for the Polish 1st Armoured Division, of the Polish Ar...
04/01/2020

General Stanisław Maczek was born on this date in 1892. Commander for the Polish 1st Armoured Division, of the Polish Armed Forces in the West, during World War II.

Polish Armed Forces gallantly participated in active combat on land, high seas and in the air. These brave men and women...
03/26/2020

Polish Armed Forces gallantly participated in active combat on land, high seas and in the air. These brave men and women fought for your freedom and ours alongside the Allies on the Western Front, as well as in Poland as the underground Home Army and intelligence gathering network.

Polish Armed Forces gallantly participated in active combat on land, high seas and in the air. These brave men and women fought for your freedom and ours alongside the Allies on the Western Front, as well as in Poland as the underground Home Army and intelligence gathering network.

Polish Armed Forces gallantly participated in active combat on land, high seas and in the air. These brave men and women...
03/25/2020

Polish Armed Forces gallantly participated in active combat on land, high seas and in the air. These brave men and women fought for your freedom and ours alongside the Allies on the Western Front, as well as in Poland as the underground Home Army and intelligence gathering network.

Polish Armed Forces gallantly participated in active combat on land, high seas and in the air. These brave men and women fought for your freedom and ours alongside the Allies on the Western Front, as well as in Poland as the underground Home Army and intelligence gathering network.

03/19/2020
Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park

Opening postponed... 🇵🇱 🇺🇸

The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park is closely monitoring the latest in the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus outbreak through updates via the Center for Disease Control, the State of New York, the City of Buffalo, and the County of Erie. We will continue to monitor the latest developments and will be taking every precaution to protect the health and safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers.

In order to support efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our opening on March 29 until further notice. We have also begun postponing our April programs including the Wall of Honor Ceremony and our Overnight Youth Encampment programs. All impacted participants will be notified directly to reschedule or refund their visit.

We will keep everyone posted as to when we will be opening for the season and resuming regular programming. Any additional updates will be posted on our website and social media as more information becomes available. In the meantime, we will be increasing our supply of hand sanitizer stations throughout the Naval Park and implementing advanced cleaning protocols.

Like most museums and non-profit organizations, we rely on funding from admissions and programs, including our overnight youth encampments. The Naval Park receives less than 3% of our operating budget from government sources and the Navy is not allowed by Federal law to allocate funds to maintain our magnificent ships. Please consider supporting our mission through a donation, membership, corporate sponsorship, or by shopping our online store.

Your support is as important as ever during these uncertain times and we wish you good health.

American Revolutionary War Hero born on February 4, 1746.
02/05/2020
Tadeusz Kosciuszko

American Revolutionary War Hero born on February 4, 1746.

Tadeusz Kosciuszko was a skilled engineer with a military education by the time he arrived in the American colonies from Poland in 1776. Offering his services

Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park
01/16/2020

Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park

09/02/2019
tragicSept

The Story of One Tragic September by Stan Biernacik, from the Polish American Journal.

Dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and continuance of Polish American culture.

September 1st, 2019 marks the 80th anniversary of Germany’s invasion of Poland, in 1939, and the opening conflict of Wor...
08/28/2019

September 1st, 2019 marks the 80th anniversary of Germany’s invasion of Poland, in 1939, and the opening conflict of World War II.

September 1st, 2019 marks the 80th anniversary of Germany’s invasion of Poland, in 1939, and the opening conflict of Wor...
08/28/2019
Trump to visit Poland for World War II anniversary Sept. 1

September 1st, 2019 marks the 80th anniversary of Germany’s invasion of Poland, in 1939, and the opening conflict of World War II.

President Donald Trump will visit Warsaw from Aug. 31 through Sept. 2 to take part in observances marking the 80th anniversary of World War II, aides to Poland’s president said Tuesday.

National holiday celebration, on August 15th in Poland, commemorates the 1920 victory over Soviet Russia at the Battle o...
08/15/2019
Poland marks Armed Forces holiday with military parade

National holiday celebration, on August 15th in Poland, commemorates the 1920 victory over Soviet Russia at the Battle of Warsaw.

Poland has celebrated its Armed Forces national holiday with a parade that included more than 2,600 soldiers and a flyover by American F-15 fighter jets

August 1st, 2019 is the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising in Poland, the largest military effort by any resistance...
07/28/2019
Warsaw Uprising - Wikipedia

August 1st, 2019 is the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising in Poland, the largest military effort by any resistance movement during World War II.

The Warsaw Uprising (Polish: Powstanie Warszawskie; German: Warschauer Aufstand) was a major World War II operation, in the summer of 1944, by the Polish underground resistance, led by the Home Army (Polish: Armia Krajowa), to liberate Warsaw from German occupation. The uprising was timed to coincid...

View along the Buffalo waterfront near the Naval and Military Park entrance.
07/28/2019

View along the Buffalo waterfront near the Naval and Military Park entrance.

The story of Polish II Corps under Gen. Władysław Anders.
07/27/2019
Trail of Hope

The story of Polish II Corps under Gen. Władysław Anders.

The Army University Press – the US Army’s premier multimedia organization – focuses on advancing the ideas and insights military professionals need to lead and succeed. The Army University Press is the Army’s entry point for cutting edge thought and discussion on topics important to the Army...

Polish veterans and the public gather on the waterfront in downtown Buffalo, New York.The Polish Armed Forces Exhibit ab...
07/04/2019

Polish veterans and the public gather on the waterfront in downtown Buffalo, New York.

The Polish Armed Forces Exhibit aboard the missile cruiser, USS Little Rock, was opened and dedicated Sunday, August 19th, at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Servicemen's Park. Festivities began with a High Mass at St. Joseph's Cathedral. This was followed by a parade from the Cathedral to the park.

Formal dedication ceremonies began with the raising of the American, Canadian and Polish flags (original from Polish destroyer Slazak). These flags were raised by the sons of Polish Army veterans.

The national anthems were sung by Ms. Sue Bartos. The main address was given by Lt. Colonel Michael Zdrojewski, Professor of Military Science and Tactics for the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) at Canisius College. Colonel Zdrojewski is a Buffalo native and traced the Polish Armed Forces participation in World War II. In the group of over 400 persons attending the ceremonies were many distinguished guests from Canada and various parts of the United States.

A Polish Soldiers Dinner aboard the cruiser Little Rock followed the formal ceremonies.

Lt. Colonel Czyz, served as chairman of the Coordinating Committee that has made the Museum exhibit a reality. The committee consisted of the various Polish-American organizations in the Buffalo area and many prominent Polish-American individuals. Lieutenant Colonel Czyz served as general chairman of the dedication ceremony and Brigadier General William Cybulski, NYG (Ret) served as master of ceremonies.

Polish veterans and the public gather on the waterfront in downtown Buffalo, New York.

The Polish Armed Forces Exhibit aboard the missile cruiser, USS Little Rock, was opened and dedicated Sunday, August 19th, at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Servicemen's Park. Festivities began with a High Mass at St. Joseph's Cathedral. This was followed by a parade from the Cathedral to the park.

Formal dedication ceremonies began with the raising of the American, Canadian and Polish flags (original from Polish destroyer Slazak). These flags were raised by the sons of Polish Army veterans.

The national anthems were sung by Ms. Sue Bartos. The main address was given by Lt. Colonel Michael Zdrojewski, Professor of Military Science and Tactics for the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) at Canisius College. Colonel Zdrojewski is a Buffalo native and traced the Polish Armed Forces participation in World War II. In the group of over 400 persons attending the ceremonies were many distinguished guests from Canada and various parts of the United States.

A Polish Soldiers Dinner aboard the cruiser Little Rock followed the formal ceremonies.

Lt. Colonel Czyz, served as chairman of the Coordinating Committee that has made the Museum exhibit a reality. The committee consisted of the various Polish-American organizations in the Buffalo area and many prominent Polish-American individuals. Lieutenant Colonel Czyz served as general chairman of the dedication ceremony and Brigadier General William Cybulski, NYG (Ret) served as master of ceremonies.

The most extensive collection of documents and memorabilia in the US concerning the contribution of Poland to the Allied...
07/03/2019

The most extensive collection of documents and memorabilia in the US concerning the contribution of Poland to the Allied victory in WW II. Aboard the USS Little Rock.

The most extensive collection of documents and memorabilia in the US concerning the contribution of Poland to the Allied victory in WW II. Aboard the USS Little Rock.

Amazing veteran story...
06/12/2019
Polish soldier escaped Nazis to keep fighting - Buffalo News

Amazing veteran story...

After escaping from a German prisoner of war camp, Rudolf Gibas and three others were in a group of about 100 refugees guided to the Pyrenees – and freedom in Spain – by the French Underground. Then a fierce snowstorm forced most to turn back.

06/02/2019

Lance Corporal Waldemar Czyz

05/28/2019
D-Day

75th Anniversary of D-Day (June 6th, 1944).

Dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and continuance of Polish American culture.

Toast to the Troops 2019- Armed Forces Week - Buffalo Naval Park
05/13/2019
Toast to the Troops 2019- Armed Forces Week - Buffalo Naval Park

Toast to the Troops 2019- Armed Forces Week - Buffalo Naval Park

Come celebrate Armed Forces Week at a Fundraiser and Celebration for the Buffalo Naval Park! Join us at Flying Bison Brewery for an afternoon of live music, an auction, and door prizes! First beer FREE for all Veterans! Saturday, May 18 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Flying Bison Brewery

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Polish Armed Forces Exhibit, Located aboard the USS Little Rock at the Buffalo Naval Park

This page celebrates the Polish Armed Forces Exhibit that opened on August 19th, 1984. The purpose is to honor the six million Polish people who lost their lives during World War II in defense of their homeland and share the history about these freedom fighters. This permanent exhibit will not only honor those brave men and women who gave their lives in the pursuit of freedom, but also commemorate the achievements and glories of the Polish Forces during the war. An exhibit such as this will serve as a reminder to those who fought, along with future generations of the vital role that Polish Forces played in the Allied victory. Polands' forces, (the third largest Allied Army) played a decisive part in many of the battles that broke the Axis strength and led it to complete destruction. Please view the many Photo Albums of veterans, artifacts and read their stories. Click on a Photo to view & enlarge, select the Options button and select Download to Save the high quality image or read any News text with the zoom feature. The unofficial page and creator is not affiliated with the veterans, exhibits Committee or the Naval Park.

Also, please visit the Polish Armed Forces monument on the Heroes Walk.


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Polish National Flag Day
One of America's greatest Revolutionary War heroes...
The Little Rock is the centerpiece as you come into Buffalo!!!
Sir! *Salutes*