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Exhibition of gifts for New Zealand from Polish soldiers

Exhibition of gifts for New Zealand from Polish soldiers

Exhibition of gifts to be sent to New Zealand, as displayed at Cupra Marittima, italy, during World War Two. The gifts were made by Polish soldiers to give to New Zealand as an expression of their heartfelt gratitude for New Zealand's treatment of the Polish children refugees and appreciation of the great friendship shown to the soldiers through the sending of correspondence and parcels, during World War Two.

 
Exhibition of gifts for New Zealand from Polish soldiers

Exhibition of gifts for New Zealand from Polish soldiers

Exhibition of gifts to be sent to New Zealand, as displayed at Cupra Marittima, italy, during World War Two. The gifts were made by Polish soldiers to give to New Zealand as an expression of their heartfelt gratitude for New Zealand's treatment of the Polish children refugees and appreciation of the great friendship shown to the soldiers through the sending of correspondence and parcels, during World War Two.

 
Miniature monument in honour of New Zealand and Polish soldiers

Miniature monument in honour of New Zealand and Polish soldiers

This miniature monument was created to honour New Zealand and Polish soldiers who fell in the fight for common ideals in World War Two. It is made of aluminium and wood in an art deco style. The plate is inscribed, "For our freedom and yours, Tobruk, El Gazala, Monte Cassino", with a stylized Polish and New Zealand army emblem below. The underside is inscribed, " Made by Polish forces No. 175 Wyk. Komp. Warszl". It was designed by a soldier of the Polish Third Carpathian Infantry Division. It was one of the gifts made by Polish soldiers to give to New Zealand as an expression of their heartfelt gratitude for New Zealand's treatment of the Polish children refugees and appreciation of the great friendship shown to the soldiers through the sending of correspondence and parcels, during World War Two. This item is held by Te Manawa, Palmertson North.

 
Exhibition of gifts for New Zealand from Polish soldiers

Exhibition of gifts for New Zealand from Polish soldiers

Exhibition of gifts to be sent to New Zealand, as displayed at Cupra Marittima, italy, during World War Two. The gifts were made by Polish soldiers to give to New Zealand as an expression of their heartfelt gratitude for New Zealand's treatment of the Polish children refugees and appreciation of the great friendship shown to the soldiers through the sending of correspondence and parcels, during World War Two.

 
Governor General, Lieutenant-General Sir Bernard Cyril Freyberg,  with Mr A E Mansford, Mayor of Palmerston North

Governor General, Lieutenant-General Sir Bernard Cyril Freyberg, with Mr A E Mansford, Mayor of Palmerston North

The Governor General of New Zealand, Sir Bernard Freyberg with Mr A E Mansford, Mayor of Palmerston North, at the opening of an exhibition of art works gifted to New Zealand. The gifts were sent to the Polish Army League, based in Palmerston North, by the soldiers of the Carpathian Division in Italy. They were made by Polish soldiers to give to New Zealand as an expression of their heartfelt gratitude for New Zealand's treatment of the Polish children refugees and appreciation of the great friendship shown to the soldiers through the sending of correspondence and parcels, during World War Two. The exhibition was held at the C M Ross department store (now the Palmerston North Central Library).

 
Governor General, Lieutenant-General Sir Bernard Cyril Freyberg, receiving gift from Polish children

Governor General, Lieutenant-General Sir Bernard Cyril Freyberg, receiving gift from Polish children

The Governor General of New Zealand receiving a miniature mountain hut, presented by children of the Polish Children's Camp, at the opening of an exhibition of art works gifted to New Zealand. The exhibition was held at the C M Ross department store (now the Palmerston North Central Library). The gifts went sent to the Polish Army League, based in Palmerston North, by the soldiers of the 3rd Carpathian Division. They were made by Polish soldiers to give to New Zealand as an expression of their heartfelt gratitude for New Zealand's treatment of the Polish children refugees and appreciation of the great friendship shown to the soldiers through the sending of correspondence and parcels, during World War Two.

 
Exhibition of gifts for New Zealand from Polish soldiers

Exhibition of gifts for New Zealand from Polish soldiers

Exhibition of gifts to be sent to New Zealand, as displayed at Cupra Marittima, italy, during World War Two. The gifts were made by Polish soldiers to give to New Zealand as an expression of their heartfelt gratitude for New Zealand's treatment of the Polish children refugees and appreciation of the great friendship shown to the soldiers through the sending of correspondence and parcels, during World War Two.

 
Governor General, Lieutenant-General Sir Bernard Cyril Freyberg and Lady Freyberg, with Mrs A Mansford

Governor General, Lieutenant-General Sir Bernard Cyril Freyberg and Lady Freyberg, with Mrs A Mansford

The Governor General of New Zealand, Lady Freyberg and Mrs A Mansford, Mayoress of Palmerston North at the opening of an exhibition of art works gifted to New Zealand. The exhibition was held at the C M Ross department store (now the Palmerston North Central Library). The gifts went sent to the Polish Army League, based in Palmerston North, by the soldiers of the 3rd Carpathian Division. They were made by Polish soldiers to give to New Zealand as an expression of their heartfelt gratitude for New Zealand's treatment of the Polish children refugees and appreciation of the great friendship shown to the soldiers through the sending of correspondence and parcels, during World War Two.

 
Polish soldiers with exhibition of gifts for New Zealand

Polish soldiers with exhibition of gifts for New Zealand

Some Polish soldiers with a display of the gifts to be sent to New Zealand. The art works displayed are of the painter Krzewinski (seated in the middle), with the painter Bednarski on his left and the cartoonist Kuczynski to his right. The gifts were displayed at Cupra Marittima, Italy, during World War Two, before despatch. The gifts were made by Polish soldiers to give to New Zealand as an expression of their heartfelt gratitude for New Zealand's treatment of the Polish children refugees and appreciation of the great friendship shown to the soldiers through the sending of correspondence and parcels, during World War Two.

 
Exhibition of gifts for New Zealand from Polish soldiers

Exhibition of gifts for New Zealand from Polish soldiers

Exhibition of gifts to be sent to New Zealand, as displayed at Cupra Marittima, italy, during World War Two. The gifts were made by Polish soldiers to give to New Zealand as an expression of their heartfelt gratitude for New Zealand's treatment of the Polish children refugees and appreciation of the great friendship shown to the soldiers through the sending of correspondence and parcels, during World War Two.

 
Image of Brigadier Gentry meeting with Polish soldiers in Italy, sent to Polish Army League

Image of Brigadier Gentry meeting with Polish soldiers in Italy, sent to Polish Army League

Image of Brigadier Gentry deputising for General Freyberg in the Italian meeting with the Poles, during World War Two. The Polish Army League, founded in Palmerston North, developed a relationship with Polish soldiers through befriending the soldiers. They corresponded with them and sent parcels. The Polish soldiers reciprocated with gifts, to acknowledge their appreciation of the friendship, and New Zealand's response to the welfare of Polish children.

 
Friendship bracelet from Polish soldier

Friendship bracelet from Polish soldier

This brass friendship bracelet is a model of a friendship ring, and created as a symbol of Polish - New Zealand friendship. The inside of the bracelet is inscribed, "To everlasting friendship New Zealand 1941". It also has a silver metal plaque inside inscribed, "Wykonal Hajdukiewicz Wlad 2. Komp. Warszt. E. M. Italia 1945". It was gifted to New Zealand by Polish soldiers at the end of World War Two. Gifts were made by Polish soldiers to give to New Zealand as an expression of their heartfelt gratitude for New Zealand's treatment of the Polish children refugees and appreciation of the great friendship shown to the soldiers through the sending of correspondence and parcels, during the war. This item is held by Te Manawa, Palmertson North.

 
Letter weight from Polish soldier

Letter weight from Polish soldier

This letter weight, made of aluminium, bears a stylized Polish eagle and the Polish and New Zealand national flags. The slab base is inscribed, "To my New Zealand friend from a Polish soldier, Italy, 1945", and on the other side "Captain E Lachwski". It was one of the gifts made by Polish soldiers to give to New Zealand as an expression of their heartfelt gratitude for New Zealand's treatment of the Polish children refugees and appreciation of the great friendship shown to the soldiers through the sending of correspondence and parcels, during World War Two. This item is held by Te Manawa, Palmertson North.

 
Exhibition of gifts for New Zealand from Polish soldiers

Exhibition of gifts for New Zealand from Polish soldiers

Polish soldiers viewing the exhibition of gifts to be sent to New Zealand, as displayed at Cupra Marittima, italy, during World War Two. The gifts were made by Polish soldiers to give to New Zealand as an expression of their heartfelt gratitude for New Zealand's treatment of the Polish children refugees and appreciation of the great friendship shown to the soldiers through the sending of correspondence and parcels, during World War Two.

 
Miniature mountain hut from Polish soldier

Miniature mountain hut from Polish soldier

This miniature mountain hut, carved by Corporal Walczak, was presented to Peter Fraser, Prime Minister of New Zealand by the delegation of Polish Children Camp, Pahiatua. The mountain hut was a symbol of the longed for Polish thatched cottages. Under the right window is a sign, " Mountain hut in Southern Poland" and on the right side,"Wykonel Kpr. Wladyslaw Walozak". It was one of the gifts made by Polish soldiers to give to New Zealand as an expression of their heartfelt gratitude for New Zealand's treatment of the Polish children refugees and appreciation of the great friendship shown to the soldiers through the sending of correspondence and parcels, during World War Two. This item is held by Te Manawa, Palmertson North.

 
Polish Army League correspondence -

Polish Army League correspondence -

Letter from the Tadeusz Zażuliński, Minister of Poland, stationed at the Legation de Pologne in Cairo, Egypt, to Mrs Ann Jacques of the Polish Army League. The letter thanks the Polish Army League for gift parcels. The Polish Army League, founded in Palmerston North in WWII, corresponded with and sent parcels to Polish soldiers who served with the allies in World War Two.

 
Paperweight and canon shell from Polish soldier

Paperweight and canon shell from Polish soldier

A paperweight, with Monte Cassino in relief in white metal, and a canon shell. On the paperweight is inscribed " 1940 to 1945", "Monte Cassino 1944" and "Workshop Platoon". The base also has a plaque, "For our friends in New Zealand from Work Shop of 3 Coy Polish A.S.C." and is inscribed "Palestine, Egypt, Libia, Italy". Monte Cassino was the site in the Italian campaign during World War Two. These were two of the gifts made by Polish soldiers to give to New Zealand as an expression of their heartfelt gratitude for New Zealand's treatment of the Polish children refugees and appreciation of the great friendship shown to the soldiers through the sending of correspondence and parcels, during World War Two. This item is held by Te Manawa, Palmertson North.

 
Exhibition of gifts for New Zealand from Polish soldiers

Exhibition of gifts for New Zealand from Polish soldiers

Exhibition of gifts to be sent to New Zealand, as displayed at Cupra Marittima, italy, during World War Two. The gifts were made by Polish soldiers to give to New Zealand as an expression of their heartfelt gratitude for New Zealand's treatment of the Polish children refugees and appreciation of the great friendship shown to the soldiers through the sending of correspondence and parcels, during World War Two.

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Date
September 1945
Place
Italy
 
Image of Polish soldier in Italy, sent to the Polish Army League

Image of Polish soldier in Italy, sent to the Polish Army League

A sentry of the 3rd Carpathian Division with a view over the destroyed monastry of Monte Cassino. The Polish Army League, founded in Palmerston North, developed a relationship with Polish soldiers through befriending the soldiers. They corresponded with them and sent parcels. The Polish soldiers reciprocated with gifts, to acknowledge their appreciation of the friendship, and New Zealand's response to the welfare of Polish children.

 
Polish Army League correspondence
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Polish Army League correspondence

Letter (aerogramme) from Captain Kubaczka Adam of the 3rd Carpathian Division Social Welfare Department of the Polish Army, to the Polish Army League, thanking them for the friendship shown to Polish soldiers, and his wish that this may continue over time. Written in Polish, with English translation. The Polish Army League, founded in Palmerston North in WWII, corresponded with and sent parcels to Polish soldiers who served with the allies in World War Two.

 
Exhibition of gifts to New Zealand from Polish soldiers

Exhibition of gifts to New Zealand from Polish soldiers

Exhibition of gifts to be sent to New Zealand, as displayed at Cupra Marittima, italy, during World War Two. The gifts were made by Polish soldiers to give to New Zealand as an expression of their heartfelt gratitude for New Zealand's treatment of the Polish children refugees and appreciation of the great friendship shown to the soldiers through the sending of correspondence and parcels, during World War Two.

 
Image of inscription on Polish memorial, sent to Polish Army League

Image of inscription on Polish memorial, sent to Polish Army League

Image of inscription on Polish memorial at Monte Cassino, Italy. Reads, " For our Freedom and yours we soldiers of Poland gave our soul to God, our life to the soil of Italy, our Hearts to Poland". The Polish Army League, founded in Palmerston North, developed a relationship with Polish soldiers through befriending the soldiers. They corresponded with them and sent parcels. The Polish soldiers reciprocated with gifts, to acknowledge their appreciation of the friendship, and New Zealand's response to the welfare of Polish children.

 
Cross made inside a bottle from Polish soldier

Cross made inside a bottle from Polish soldier

This cross was made inside a bottle, with the words, "Poland's Trust is in God". It is one of the gifts made by Polish soldiers to send to New Zealand as an expression of their heartfelt gratitude for New Zealand's treatment of the Polish children refugees and appreciation of the great friendship shown to the soldiers through the sending of correspondence and parcels, during World War Two. This item is held by Te Manawa, Palmertson North.

 
Polish Army League correspondence

Polish Army League correspondence

Letter from the Major General S. Kopanski of the Polish Forces in Persia and Irak (sic), to Mrs Ann Jacques of the Polish Army League. The letter lists the numbers of parcels received and thanks the Polish Army League for gift parcels. The Polish Army League, founded in Palmerston North in WWII, corresponded with and sent parcels to Polish soldiers who served with the allies in World War Two.

 
Polish Army League correspondence

Polish Army League correspondence

Letter from the Major General S. Kopanski of the Polish Forces in Persia and Iraq, to the Polish Army League. The letter thanks them for parcels from Massey Agricultural College students, Eastbourne and the Ladies Kiwitea Guild, that were sent to the Polish Forces. The Polish Army League, founded in Palmerston North in WWII, corresponded with and sent parcels to Polish soldiers who served with the allies in World War Two.

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