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Rola-Zymierski, Michal

Date of birth:
September 4th, 1890 (Krakow, Austro-Hungarian Empire)
Date of death:
October 15th, 1989 (Warsaw, Poland)
Buried on:
Cmentarz Wojskowy
Nationality:
Polish (1918-1939, IInd Republic)

Biography

Marshall of Poland Michal Rola-Zymierski was the supreme commander of the Polish People's Army during the Second World War.

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Major
Awarded on:
1914
Ritter III. Klasse zum Kaiserlicher Orden der Eisernen Krone
Period:
Polish-Soviet War (1919-1921)
Rank:
Pulkownik (Colonel)
Awarded on:
1921
Order Wojenny Virtuti Militari - Krzyz Srebrny
Period:
Polish-Soviet War (1919-1921)
Rank:
Pulkownik (Colonel)
Awarded on:
1921
Krzyz Walecznych
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Pulkownik (Colonel)
Awarded on:
December 12th, 1921
Medal Zwyciestwa
Period:
Polish-Soviet War (1919-1921)
Rank:
Pulkownik (Colonel)
Awarded on:
February 12th, 1922
Chevalier de l' Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur
Period:
Polish-Soviet War (1919-1921)
Rank:
Pulkownik (Colonel)
Awarded on:
1922

Received as the bar on the ribbon of the first medal.
Krzyz Walecznych
Rank:
General Brygadi (Brigadier)
Awarded on:
1925
Order Odrodzenia Polski Komandorski
Rank:
General Brygadi (Brigadier)
Awarded on:
1926
Ordine della Corona d'Italia - Cavaliere Commendatore
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Marszalec Polski (Suppreme Commander)
Awarded on:
May 11th, 1945
"For skillful leadership and a victorious end to the war with the German invader."
Order Wojenny Virtuti Militari - Krzyz Wielki z Gwiazda
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Marszalec Polski (Suppreme Commander)
Awarded on:
1945
Order Krzyza Grunwaldu 1st Class
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Marszalec Polski (Suppreme Commander)
Awarded on:
1945

Presented by General Dwight Eisenhower in Frankfurt.
Legion of Merit - Chief Commander (LoM - CC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Marszalec Polski (Suppreme Commander)
Awarded on:
1945
Orden Pobeda
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Marszalec Polski (Suppreme Commander)
Awarded on:
January 17th, 1946
Medal Za Warszawe 1939-1945
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Marszalec Polski (Suppreme Commander)
Awarded on:
July 1st, 1946
"On the 2nd anniversary of the Polish Committee of National Liberation in recognition of merits in the field of work on the rebirth of Polish statehood, on consolidating its democratic foundations and in rebuilding the country."
Order Odrodzenia Polski - Krzyz Wielki
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Marszalec Polski (Suppreme Commander)
Awarded on:
1946
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Marszalec Polski (Suppreme Commander)
Awarded on:
1947
Slaski Krzyz Powstanczy
Rank:
Marszalec Polski (Suppreme Commander)
Awarded on:
1964

Presented at the Belvedere palace on 20 July 1964.
Order Sztandaru Pracy I klasy
Rank:
Marszalec Polski (Suppreme Commander)
Awarded on:
1967
Grand Croix de l' Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur
Rank:
Marszalec Polski (Suppreme Commander)
Awarded on:
1970
Order Budowniczych Polski Ludowej
Rank:
Marszalec Polski (Suppreme Commander)
Awarded on:
1973
Orden Druzhby Narodov
Rank:
Marszalec Polski (Suppreme Commander)
Awarded on:
1979
Rank:
Marszalec Polski (Suppreme Commander)
Awarded on:
1987
Medal Rodla
Commandeur in de Kroonorde
Officier de l' Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Marszalec Polski (Suppreme Commander)
Orden Lenina (1943-1991)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Marszalec Polski (Suppreme Commander)
Orden narodnog heroja
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Marszalec Polski (Suppreme Commander)
Medal Zwyciestwa i Wolnosci 1945

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