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Commemorating the Warsaw Uprising
August 2, 2010   
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The Warsaw Uprising, an armed revolt against German troops occupying Warsaw, began Aug. 1, 1944. The uprising was staged by Poland’s underground Home Army (AK). With the Red Army approaching Warsaw, the Home Army commanders thought the uprising would last several days. The Soviets, however, stopped at the Vistula River and never backed the insurgents. The Home Army only had around 50,000 men in Warsaw, a mere 10,000 of whom were armed, mostly with side arms. Fierce battles in the streets continued for 63 days until the insurgents surrendered Oct. 3. The Germans sent a total of 50,000 troops to suppress the revolt and the losses among the Germans totaled 10,000 dead, 9,000 wounded and 7,000 missing. On the Polish side, 10,000 soldiers were killed, 7,000 went missing, and 5,000 were injured.

The uprising claimed the lives of some 200,000 civilians and turned 85 percent of Warsaw’s buildings into smoking rubble.

The Warsaw Uprising Museum has organized several events to mark the 66th anniversary of the outbreak of the fighting.
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