|German Cannon "Ferdinand" fires on Polish Insurgent positions Warsaw 1944|
|Wounded Polish Officer - background buildings of Lower Mokotow|
Radio communication with Soviet Command has peaked these past few days. Just two days ago two Soviet soldiers under the command of Captain Kolos have parachuted into Warsaw with Soviet radio transmitters. The radio set provided by Soviet Major Chernuhin has established a vital communication link between the AK commander of Mokotow Sector and a Soviet artillery post. Captain Wieckowski, of the Soviet-backed Armia Ludowa has been dispatching messages from a Soviet radio transmitter in Zoliborz Sector. An AK (Armia Krajowa) officer with access to the radio set at Berlings Headquarters has also been transmitting to and receiving messages from the AK Headquarters in Warsaw. The high intensity communication gives every indication that Soviet forces will soon advance.
|Cichociemni parachuting into Poland WW2|
A special intelligence unit of the Polish Army General Staff Headquarters in London, England, called "Barnes Lodge" has been on round the clock surveillance 24 hours a day, seven days a week, listening to radio messages coming in from Polish Home Army Command in Warsaw. There are currently about twelve transmitters in the units, the last delivered by Polish agents of the SOE who had parachuted into Poland just before the Uprising broke out. Polish agents are risking their lives. If at any time during the transmission of messages, or receipt of them, a Polish operative, or cichociemni, can be discovered by the enemy and shot on the spot.
|Franek Rymaszewski, one of the operators, listens for underground
messages from Poland|
in one of the radio telegraph stations in "Barnes Lodge" near Kings Langley, North London.
Polish conspiratorial transmitter and receiver, type AP1, called "peepshtock"
Cichociemni (the "Silent, Dark Ones") are an elite special operations division of the Polish army in exile. They were created in Great Britain to be a crack team in partisan warfare in occupied Poland, and are highly skilled at espionage and sabotage activities. They are all expert marksmen irregardless of the weapons used - be they British, Polish, Russian, German, or Italian weaponry. All soldiers who pass training are sworn in as members of Armia Krajowa.
Cichociemni are entirely independent of the British army, though the unit was organized in collaboration with SOE (Special Operations Executive). The Cichociemni is the only one in the SOE which is free to chose its own men and operate its own radio communication with an occupied country. The identities of these heroic men are kept secret and are known only to the Polish General Staff. The oldest of them is 54 years of age, while the youngest is only 20. All members of the Special Unit are promoted one rank upwards at the moment of their jump.
|Emblem of Cichociemni|