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ore than six hours of original newsreels from the Warsaw Uprising have been transformed into “Warsaw Uprising”. Real insurgents and residents of Warsaw appear as the main characters of the story. Help us identify them. If you recognise someone or know stories related to the place or situation shown in individual scenes, please send a message to the following address: rozpoznaj@1944.pl.

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Stanisław Firchał (codename “Wicher”) – born 14 February 1925, died in 2007. During the Warsaw Uprising he fought in the Region III “Waligóra” within the platoon 323. Identified by his grandson Łukasz Firchał.

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Mieczysław Ubysz (codename “Wik”) – Commanding Officer and announcer in the 2nd Megaphone Patrol.

   

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Brothers Ryszard and Edward Szope, cameramen for the film department of the Information and Propaganda Bureau of the Home Army, are getting something to eat in an insurgent canteen on Szpitalna 8. “Ernemann” camera visible in the middle.

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Courtyard of a house on Szpitalna 8 – the Wedel House. Briefing of the megaphone unit before their mission. 2Lt. Henryk Bielawski (codename “Asko”) from the “Chwaty” unit handing out leaflets.

   

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In the courtyard of a house on Puławska 132. Commanding Officer of “Baszta” Lt. Col. “Daniel” inspecting the “Krawiec” Company, which, having fought its way from the Kabacki Forest to Mokotów through Wilanów, reached Sadyba, bringing precious weapons. Kazimierz Pyrka (codename “Andrzej”) with a grenade tucked into his belt, in the back Jerzy Rossudowski (codename “Stary”), in the front right Ksawery Frank (codename “Kiejstut”).

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Wounded Cpl. Julita Cyrus-Sobolewska (codename “Lidka”), a soldier from “Grażyna” Company of “Harnaś” Group on Świętokrzyska.

   

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A staged photograph of aiming a PIAT. On the left an insurgent with PIAT shells. First one on the right is Jerzy Barburski (codename “Doliwa”). Both of them are lying in a communication gap at a barricade at the exit of Konopczyńskiego into Kopernika. Placing of the PIAT allows no firing.

   

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Marian Pytkowski (codename “Miś”) – soldier from the “Chwaty” Covering Unit of the Propaganda Department of the Information and Propaganda Bureau of the Home Army, detached with other soldiers from his unit to protect the power station.

   

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Witold Kieżun (codename “Wypad”) following the capture of the Holy Cross Church and the Police Headquarters on 23 August 1944. A hole in the wall visible in the background was blown by a unit of female combat engineers to enable insurgent assault. For his participation in the Warsaw Uprising Witold Kieżun was decorated with the Cross of Valour and the Order of Virtuti Militari.

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The area between Górskiego and Warecka Streets. Courier Wanda Stawska (codename “Pączek”) firing a “Błyskawica” pistol wearing a flying cap. Lt. Col. Edward Pfeiffer (codename “Radwan”), Commanding Officer of the City Centre District of the Warsaw Home Army Area, is wearing a forage cap and dark clothes and has an armband on the left forearm. In the foreground with a pistol, wearing a light shirt is Maj. Bernard Romanowski (codename “Wola”), Chief of Staff in the City Centre Area.

   

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Bishop Stanisław Adamski celebrates Mass in the courtyard of the Main Post Office – Napoleon Square 8. 15 August 1944.

   

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Wedding of medical orderly Alicja Treutler (codename “Jarmuż”) and Platoon Commander Cadet Bolesław Biega (codename “Pałąk”) in a chapel on 11 Moniuszki Street.

   

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Józefa Główczewska (codename “Ziuta”) pouring soup in an insurgent canteen on 8 Szpitalna Street.

   

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Sergeant Roman Brzosko (codename “Szpak”) building up the “Lightning” machine gun at 2 Boduena Street.

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