|Warsaw Uprising 1944|
Captain Cyprian Odorkiewicz and lieutenant Wacław Jastrzębowski of the Armia Krajowa inspect war trophies including a Wiking cuff title in Okólnik gardens during the Warsaw Uprising on August 14 1944. The Soviets had reached a point a few kilometers from the Polish positions, but made no further headway. Because the Armia Krajowa was loyal to the Polish Government-in-Exile and not to the communists from the Soviet-backed Polish Committee of National Liberation, the Soviet Union saw the uprising as an obstacle to a Soviet takeover of Poland. Joseph Stalin wanted the insurrection to fail so that the Soviet occupation of Poland would be uncontested. Image: Public domain.