The start of the division
The First Polish Armoured Division was an initiative of
general Stanisław Władysław Maczek. His ambition was
rewarded when on the 25th of February he was
given the order to organize this division. De first
modern unit of the Polish Forces.
In August 1944. after the landing on the beaches in
Normandy. The division played a crucial role when
sealing off the attempted escape German 7th army in
the area close to Falaise. Then he liberated Breda on
the 29th of October.
Thanks to his carefully and strong tactical skills this
city was saved from much suffering and destruction of
On the 30th of October he received the title
of Honorary Citizen of Breda. Their quest continued on
the 6th of April they then liberated big
parts of Drenthe and Groningen.On the sixth of May
General Maczek received the city delegations of the city
Wilhemshaven for the capitulation of this big German
In the period between October 44 and the official
liberation of the Netherlands on the 5th of
May many things happened to The First Polish Armoured
Return to Poland
Dark clouds gathered above the already demobilized
soldiers with plans of returning to their homeland. The
Russians had taken control over their country. Pretty
soon it became obvious that their plans of going home
was not a good option.
Breda and surroundings.
Many Polish liberators made Breda and the villages
around it theirs new home. The started their own families
here. Their children ( second generation) grew up in the
Netherlands. Today we even have a third and fourth
The years are counting.
For years and years the remembrance services where
organized by old combatants . A number of organizations
have helped but…the years our counting. A wish of many
ex soldiers to continue the existence of these services
got form. Behind the scenes the talked and thought about
it. On the 25th of May their planning was
rewarded with the start of the Association First Polish Armoured Division
the Netherlands. A comfortable thought for many.
With this information we hope to have given you an
impression of the chain of events that lead to the
creation of the Association First Polish Armoured
Division the Netherlands. We would like to continue these coming years to
keep the legacy intacte and maybe let it shine even