Anders, Wladyslaw Albert

Date of birth:
August 11th, 1892 (Krosniewice/Lodz Province, Poland)
Date of death:
May 12th, 1970 (London, Great Britain)
Buried on:
Polish War Cemetery Cassino
Nationality:
Polish

Biography

Wladyslaw Anders was a Polish general who served during World War I, the Great Poland Uprising (1918-1919), the Soviet-Polish War (1919-1921) and the Second World War. He was wounded eight times during his military service. His greatest achievement was the capture of the famous monastery of Monte Cassino in 1944. After the war, he lived in London in exile and eventually died in 1970.

Promotions:
1911: Reserve Flag Bearer;
1915: 2nd Lieutenant;
1916: Captain;
1919: Lieutenant Colonel;
1920: Major;
1924: Colonel;
1934: Brigade General;
1941: Division General;
1954: Lieutenant General;

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Periode:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Podporucznik (2nd Lieutenant)
Awarded on:
1915
Cross of St. George IV class
Periode:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Kapitan (Captain)
Awarded on:
1918
Order of St. Anna II class
Periode:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Kapitan (Captain)
Awarded on:
1918
Order of St. Anna III class
Periode:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Kapitan (Captain)
Awarded on:
1918
Order of St. Anna IV class
Periode:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Kapitan (Captain)
Awarded on:
1918
Order of St. Stanislaus III class
Periode:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Kapitan (Captain)
Awarded on:
1918
Order of St. Stanislaus II class
Unit:
Grupa Operacyjna Kawalerii "gen . Anders"
Awarded on:
1921
Awarded for:
Operation Fall Weiss
Action:
For 3x merit during the Polish-Soviet War and 1x during the September Campaign of 1939.
Details:
With 3 clasps
Krzyz Walecznych
Rank:
Pulkownik (Colonel)
Awarded on:
1928
Medal 10-lecia Odzyskania Niepodleglosci
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Dywizji (Major General)
Unit:
General Staff, 2nd Polish Corps, Eight Army
Awarded on:
1944
Action:
Awarded for the capture of the Monte Cassino monastery in 1944.
Details:
Serial number: 4
Order Virtuti Militari Knight
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Dywizji (Major General)
Unit:
General Staff, 2nd Polish Corps, Eight Army
Awarded on:
1944
Details:
Awarded for being engaged in fighting for Monte Cassino, Piedimonte and Passo Corno in 1944.
Krzyz Monte Cassino
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Dywizji (Major General)
Unit:
2 Korpus Polski (2e Poolse Korps)
Awarded on:
August 20th, 1944
Legion of Merit - Commander (LoM - C)
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Broni (General)
Awarded on:
November 11th, 1995
Details:
Posthumously awarded by the former Polish president Lech Walesa
Order Orla Bialego (1990)
Details:
8x
Znak za Rany i Kontuzje
Details:
4x
Medal Pamiatkowy za Wojne 1918-1921
Medal Za Dlugoletnia Sluzbe 10 years
Medal Za Dlugoletnia Sluzbe 20 years
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Dywizji (Major General)
Unit:
2 Korpus Polski (2e Poolse Korps)
Details:
4x
Medal Wojska za Wojne 1939-1945
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
With swords
Krzyz Zaslugi in Gold
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
With swords
Krzyz Zaslugi in Gold
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
With swords
Krzyz Zaslugi in Gold
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
With swords
Krzyz Zaslugi in Gold
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Broni (General)
Details:
Posthumously awarded
Krzyz Armii Krajowej
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Dywizji (Major General)
Unit:
2 Korpus Polski (2e Poolse Korps)
Details:
With brass palm
Croix de Guerre (1939-1945)
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Dywizji (Major General)
Unit:
2 Korpus Polski (2e Poolse Korps)
Commandeur de l' Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Dywizji (Major General)
Unit:
2 Korpus Polski (2e Poolse Korps)
Companion of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB)
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Dywizji (Major General)
Unit:
2 Korpus Polski (2e Poolse Korps)
Italy Star
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Dywizji (Major General)
Unit:
2 Korpus Polski (2e Poolse Korps)
War Medal 1939-1945
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Dywizji (Major General)
Unit:
2 Korpus Polski (2e Poolse Korps)
Defence Medal 1939-1945
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Dywizji (Major General)
Unit:
2 Korpus Polski (2e Poolse Korps)
Croce Al Valore di Guerra
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Dywizji (Major General)
Unit:
2 Korpus Polski (2e Poolse Korps)
Ordine dei Santi Maurizio e Lazzaro - Cavaliere di gran croce
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Dywizji (Major General)
Ceskoslovenský vojenský rád Bilého lva
Periode:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
General Broni (General)
Order of Lafayette
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Broni (General)
Details:
Awarded by Pope Pius XII in person
Defensor Civitatis

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