The Odyssey of the Anders Army, 1941-46

Thu 17 Sep

Thursday, 17 September 2020

7.00pm - 8.00pm

Talk | Online Only

The Odyssey of the Anders Army, 1941-46

Join Professor Norman Davies as he explores the untold story of the Polish Second Corps of the Polish Armed Forces during the Second World War.

This event has finished, but you can watch it again online at any time until Sunday, 11 October 2020.

Price: FREE
Norman Davies


The Polish Second Corps, which fought under British command in the Italian Campaign of 1943-45, is best remembered for its heroic capture of the Abbey of Monte Cassino. But the details of its formation under General Anders in Russia, from exiles and convicts of the Gulag, and of its amazing feat of making its way to Italy via Iran, Iraq and Palestine, are less known.

Norman Davies recounts the remarkable odyssey of the 'Anders Army' and some of its more colourful members including the extraordinary women draiverki, the Jewish soldiers who joined the Zionist underground, and Wojciech the Bear.

Professor Norman Davies is a historian specialising in Central and Eastern European history. His academic career centred on the School of Slavonic Studies, University of London, where he was successively Lecturer, Reader and Professor. A quarter of a century in London was supplemented by regular assignments abroad at Columbia, Mc Gill, Hokkaido, Stanford, Harvard, Adelaide and the ANU in Canberra. He was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1997. He was awarded the CMG by Queen Elizabeth II in 2001 for 'services to history', and has collected several Polish distinctions including the Orders of Polonia Restituta, of Merit, and of the White Eagle. Though formally retired from his academic post, Davies continues to write, publish and teach.

This event is sponsored by the Polish Cultural Institute.

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Date & time

Thursday, 17 September 2020
7.00pm - 8.00pm


Online Only


Online: FREE

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