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Bronislaw KORBA

Bronislaw was born in Poland on November 12, 1910. In 1939, he was recalled as a reservist to the Polish army and took part in the September Campaign.

When the Russians invaded Poland, he and his family were deported to Siberia, where he worked in the bush camps. In June 1941, Germany turned on its ally, Russia. Stalin then quickly changed tactics and allied himself with the west so that the allies could help him defeat the Germans. This led to the signing of the Sikorski-Majewski agreement that called for the freeing of Poles imprisoned in POW camps and labour camps in the USSR, and the formation of a Polish Army in the southern USSR.

The news of this ‘amnesty’ did not reach every camp, but where it did become known, the men and boys soon made plans to make their way south to join the army. For most, this meant walking thousands of kilometres and only occasionally getting on a train for part of the journey.  Bronislaw joined the Polish 2nd Corps, which took him through Iran, Iraq, Palestine, and Egypt.

He was then transferred to the 1st Polish Armoured Division stationed in Scotland and took part in the Invasion of Normandy. From there he continued through France, Belgium, Holland, and into Germany. At the end of the war, he was assigned to the Polish Occupation Force in the British zone in Germany.

In 1947, Bronislaw immigrated to Canada and worked on a farm in Saskatchewan. He then moved to northern Ontario, where he worked in the Central Patricia Gold Mines. He later purchased land in Saskatchewan and started his farm. In 1964, he met and married Maria, and continued to farm until his retirement in 1982.

Bronislaw Korba passed away on June 27, 2005, in Wadena, Saskatchewan.

Copyrught: Korba family

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