Polish 2nd Corps
Deported with his family (step-mother, 1 brother and 2 sisters) to Siberia, he and two sisters survived and were able to leave Russia under the 'amnesty'. Boleslaw joined the Polish Second Corps and served in the Middle East and in the Italian Campaign. His sister, Janina, spent a year at the children's hospital in the Middle East and was then sent to Santa Rosa in Mexico. His sister, Maria, was sent to Tengeru in East Africa, then joined the Polish WAAFs in the UK. Eventually, the siblings would reunite in Canada, and locate their father in post-war Poland.
Boleslaw was awarded the Virtuti Militari medal (Poland's highest military honour) during the Italian Campaign. He is pictured wearing the medal.
May 26, 1943 - Boleslaw sent this photo to his sister Maria whom he had finally located in Africa.
Italy - 10th Heavy Artillery Brigade of the Polish 2nd Corps
General Anders and General Alexander review the troops, after the Battle of Monte Cassino
At Monte Franaro - Boleslaw is the one holding the book. He taught Italian to the soldiers.
Boleslaw is standing, 2nd from the right. Again, holding a book.
1946 - Boleslaw, age 21, aboard the Sea Snipe, on his way to Canada.
Boleslaw is 2nd from the right in the top row.
Boleslaw in Canada
Boleslaw, on the farm where he worked in Ontario
Feb 1948 - Certificate attesting to his suitability for work in the mine, Kirkland Lake, Ontario.
1948 - on his way to a meeting to protest the working conditions of Polish soldiers who are on a 2 year work contract in Canada
Boleslaw's first book "History and Integration of Poles in Canada"
Boleslaw's second book "Polish People in Canada"
English version of his third boo "The Uprooted" based on his and his family's WW2 experiences
The last book published before his death. The English translation of the title is "Post War Winds". The book tells of the hardships experienced by Polish soldiers who came to Canada on a 2-year work contract
William Boleslaw Makowski (1924-2012)
See his sister Maria's photos