|Polish Soldiers with home-made mortars|
In Ochota, Srodmiescie and Wola German forces are using Polish civilians as “living shields” to protect cover their tanks against insurgent fire. Houses in Wola, Mokotow and Ochota have been set on fire and civilians slaughtered.
Despite the horrible onslaught, the insurgents strike back. In Srodmiescie, the Poles succeeded in capturing strategically important areas: the Postal Railway Station and Aleje Jerozolimskie (near Zelazna Street), the Dom Turystyczny hostel on Starynkiewicz Square and the German police station "Nordwache" at the juncture of Chlodna and Zelazna Streets. In southern Srodmiescie, the Poles also captured a considerable part of the Institute of Technology. Polish positions in the southern part Mokotow are strengthened. Polish fighting in Praga however has stopped due in insurmountable German fire power. The Commander of the Praga District Lt. Co. Antoni Zurawski "Bober" has redeployed his troops to underground work.
Germans strike hard from Poniatowski Bridge towards the Main Railway Station. By evening the Luftwaffe launch the first bombing raids of Warsaw beginning with Wola.
|PKWN Manifesto of July 22, 1944|
Stalin also met with the War Council to discuss among other things the future of Poland. He adamantly declared that "We Bolsheviks’ have from the first day of the Great Patriotic War seen the historic liberation mission of the Red Army. Now the moment has come to liberate the peoples of Europe from fascist enslavement. It is our internationalist duty to help the Polish people in the rebirth of a strong, independent, democratic Poland....I repeat, no other power should be recognized except the Polish Committee of National Liberation!"
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|Jewish Fighers during Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 1943|
|Polish airmen in front of Handley Halifax Plane (year unknown)|