Monday, 15 April, 2024
02October 1939

Polish resistance and morale crumbles in north of country

One of the last pockets of resistance in northern Poland has surrendered today, following days of heavy fighting.

The German navy, the Kriegsmarine, began a blockage of the Hel Peninsular last month, and only launched a land attack a few days ago. 2,800 Polish soldiers, under the command of  Rear Admiral Włodzimierz Steyer, defended the peninsular until they finally ran out of supplies today. Polish Rear Admiral Józef Unrug realised their defence couldn’t last much longer as, not only were supplies running low, but so was morale. Two mutinies by the Polish troops were prevented on 29th and 30th of September.

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