The Warsaw Uprising (Polish: powstanie warszawskie) was a major World War II operation by the Polish resistance Home Army (Polish: Armia Krajowa) to liberate Warsaw from Nazi Germany. The Uprising began on 1 August 1944, as part of a nationwide plan, Operation Tempest, when the Soviet Army approached Warsaw. We’ve gather a huge collection of 157 photographs of the Warsaw Uprising. Check them out below.
Also check: Then And Now: Photos Of Warsaw That Bring History To Life
Farther and son insurgents.
Mass being performed on the street.
Goliath remote controlled mine being prepped.
The fighting conditions of Warsaw.
Young Polish scouts.
Polish forces inspect captured flak cannon.
Dead German solider.
Children were used extensively. Many as couriers, scouts and here assistants to field hospitals.
Food supplies were low through out the uprising, here a dead horse is being taken to slaughter.
Posed by a captured German tank.
Nazi forces burnt out buildings to destroy Polish positions and demoralise civilians.
Polish weapons captured by the Germans.
Polish insurgent using a Wz. 35 anti-tank rifle
The Nazi used multi-ethnic forces in battle. SS forces contained Russians, Ukrainians, Cossacks, Norwegians and Azeri as seen here. There were also Azeri fighting on the Polish side.
A Molotov cocktail launcher.
Civilians fleeing the fighting.
Poles inspecting German motorbike.
Post war bodies being removed from basements.
German forces use a 75mm Pak 40 against Polish positions.
Nebelwerfer 41 being fired. Notice the crates to the right showing how many were fired.
German forces take cover during a firefight.
Polish solider inspecting dead civilians killed by Nazi forces clearing buildings.
Members of the 36th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS. This unit was made up of former prisoners who had committed murder and rape and other serious crimes. There brutality was so severe that other members of the SS tried to get the unit disbanded but their leader (Oskar Dirlewanger) had political connections to keep the unit active. Oskar Dirlewanger himself was an ex-concentration camp inmate (sent for sexual assault). He was later beaten to death by Polish guards after his capture post war.
Red cross members are blindfolded as they meet German officers to try and negotiate safe passage of civilians.
Captured German soldiers. The soldiers in helmets are Polish guards.
Slovak unit of the AK (Polish home army). Though AK made up most of the forces, multiple different resistance movements took part including far-right and communist. As well as Slovaks there was escaped Italian POWS, Hungarian deserters, Azeri, an escaped member of the RAF and Polish soviet forces that made it into the city.
Captured German tank.
Civilians murdered by the SS in the Wola massacre. Lasting from the 5th to the 12th of August. The death toll was 10,000 on the 5th of August alone. More info: Wikipedia
Polish barricade. The insurgents are armed with captured German weapons as well as a Browning wz. 1928, the Polish made Browning BAR. It had probably been hidden since the German invasion.
Using a German Mp-28
During the long uprising even weddings were still taking place.
Woman posing in-front of a Italian M13/40.