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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 (1918-1945, IInd Republic)

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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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Podporucznik (2nd Lieutenant)
Awarded on:
1915
Cross of St. George IV class
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Kapitan (Captain)
Awarded on:
1918
Order of St. Anna II class
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Kapitan (Captain)
Awarded on:
1918
Order of St. Anna III class
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Kapitan (Captain)
Awarded on:
1918
Order of St. Anna IV class
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Kapitan (Captain)
Awarded on:
1918
Order of St. Stanislaus III class
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Kapitan (Captain)
Awarded on:
1918
Order of St. Stanislaus II class
Period:
Polish-Soviet War (1919-1921)
Awarded on:
1921
With 3 clasps
Krzyz Walecznych
Rank:
Pulkownik (Colonel)
Awarded on:
1928
Medal 10-lecia Odzyskania Niepodleglosci
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Dywizji (Major General)
Unit:
HQ, 2nd Polish Corps, Eighth Army, British Army
Awarded on:
1944
Awarded for the capture of the Monte Cassino monastery in 1944.
Serial number: 4
Order Virtuti Militari Knight
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Dywizji (Major General)
Unit:
HQ, 2nd Polish Corps, Eighth Army, British Army
Awarded on:
1944
Awarded for being engaged in fighting for Monte Cassino, Piedimonte and Passo Corno in 1944.
Krzyz Monte Cassino
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Dywizji (Major General)
Unit:
HQ, 2nd Polish Corps, Eighth Army, British Army
Awarded on:
August 20th, 1944
Legion of Merit - Commander (LoM - C)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Broni (General)
Unit:
HQ, 2nd Polish Corps, Eighth Army, British Army
Awarded on:
November 11th, 1995
Posthumously awarded by the former Polish president Lech Walesa.
Order Orla Bialego (1990)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
With swords
Krzyz Zaslugi in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
With swords
Krzyz Zaslugi in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
With swords
Krzyz Zaslugi in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
With swords
Krzyz Zaslugi in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Dywizji (Major General)
Unit:
HQ, 2nd Polish Corps, Eighth Army, British Army
Commandeur de l' Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Dywizji (Major General)
Unit:
HQ, 2nd Polish Corps, Eighth Army, British Army
With brass palm
Croix de Guerre (1939-1945)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Dywizji (Major General)
Unit:
HQ, 2nd Polish Corps, Eighth Army, British Army
Companion of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Broni (General)
Posthumously awarded
Krzyz Armii Krajowej
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
Grupa Operacyjna Kawalerii "gen . Anders"
Awarded for:
Operation Fall Weiss
For services in September 1939.
Krzyz Walecznych
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Dywizji (Major General)
Unit:
HQ, 2nd Polish Corps, Eighth Army, British Army
Croce Al Valore di Guerra
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Dywizji (Major General)
Unit:
HQ, 2nd Polish Corps, Eighth Army, British Army
Ordine dei Santi Maurizio e Lazzaro - Cavaliere di gran croce
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Dywizji (Major General)
Ceskoslovenský vojenský rád Bilého lva
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
General Broni (General)
Order of Lafayette
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Broni (General)
Awarded by Pope Pius XII in person
Defensor Civitatis
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Dywizji (Major General)
Unit:
HQ, 2nd Polish Corps, Eighth Army, British Army
Italy Star
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Dywizji (Major General)
War Medal 1939-1945
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General Dywizji (Major General)
Defence Medal 1939-1945
Medal Za Dlugoletnia Sluzbe 20 years
8 x
Znak za Rany i Kontuzje

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