The War Illustrated No 6 Vol 1 October 21st 1939

164 The War Illustrated, October 21s/, 193'J Following the announcement of the armistice from the Warsaw garrison, the German wireless stated that the city had capitulated unconditionally and would be overhanded on September 29. It was not until Sunday, October 1, however, that the first representatives o f the German army occupied the suburb of Praga. In the next few days they extended their hold on the city and disarmed the Polish garrison of some 120,000 men. They were received with a death-like calm, and there was no sound save the tramp o f the soldiers’ feet as they quitted the city which they had defended so long and with such gallantry. The conquerors had posted armoured cars and tanks at the most important points, but they were not needed. Even they had to admit that the Poles in their hour of defeat conducted themselves like brave men, and, having laid down their arms, marched out to the prison-camps without a sign of battle weariness or demoralization, but with quick and steady step, led by their own officers in unbroken order. As soon as they had left, scavengers and demolition squads worked furiously to clear away the ruins in readiness for the Fuehrer’s triumphal entry. A few hours before Warsaw surrendered Modlin had agreed to capitulate and on October 1 the gallant little garrison of Hela— 4,000 men under Rear-Admiral von Unruh, described by the German official news agency as the last bastion of Polish defence— also laid down its arms. It had held out against attack from sea, land, and air for thirty days. Organized Polish resistance had come to an end. But the fight had not, surely, been in vain.“ I confidently hope,” said the Mayor of Warsaw, M. Starzynsky, in reply to a radio message from the Mayor o f Verdun— that French city which during the Great War withstood for so long the whole might o f the German military machine— “that the defence of Warsaw has played a useful part in this inhuman war forced upon the peoples of Europe by the German spirit of domina­tion and barbarism.” O n October 1 the last Polish stronghold leli to the Nazis. It was on the Peninsula 01 Hel or H ela, the lighthouse of which is seen top left. The remarkable photo above was taken in Warsaw during a Nazi air raid, and the smoke from the fires caused by incendiary bomb scan be seen rising in the background. Close to the left-hand lamp standard a smoke ring which such bombs always make is visible. The horses have been unharnessed, and some of them reversed in the shafts of the carts as a precaution against bolting. Photos, .N.AE .and Planet News
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