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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.

 
Signed image of General Anders, commander in Chief of the Polish army in the Middle East, sent to the Polish Army League

Signed image of General Anders, commander in Chief of the Polish army in the Middle East, sent to the Polish Army League

General Wladyslaw Anders was the Commander in Chief of the Polish Army in the Middle East during World War Two. This image was sent to the Polish Army League along with others of the Polish army in Italy. 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.

 
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.

 
Report on the foundation and activities of the Polish Army League
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Report on the foundation and activities of the Polish Army League

Report produced by the Polish Army League on its history and activities, on letter head paper. Includes the names of other organisations, particularly locally, who have worked for the cause. Also includes some extracts of letters received from 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.

 
Exhibition of gifts for New Zealand from Polish soldiers

Exhibition of gifts for New Zealand from Polish soldiers

A display of the gifts to be sent to New Zealand. this image shows paintings by Siedlanowski and Panas. 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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
Image of Polish memorial at Monte Cassino, Italy, sent to Polish Army League

Image of Polish memorial at Monte Cassino, Italy, sent to Polish Army League

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.

 
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 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.

 
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.

 
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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September 1945
Place
Italy
 
Paperweight from Polish soldier

Paperweight from Polish soldier

This paper weight shows a Polish eagle sitting on a globe, looking towards New Zealand. It is made of wood, aluminium and steel. On the base is written, "For our New Zealand friends with greetings from 2nd Polish Carp. Rifle Bn". On the shield is a Jerusalem Cross with the word "Latrun" on it. Latrun was the first location of the Polish independent Carpathian Brigade in Palestine, in 1940. This is 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.

 
A history of the work of the Polish Army League
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A history of the work of the Polish Army League

A history of the Polish Army League. Although undated includes information post World War Two on the gifts sent back to New Zealand from Polish Forces, as a thank you for the friendship and kindness shown. It also includes a then current list of the gifts on display in the C M Ross department store window. Written by Miss G C Tennent of Dannevirke, whose relationship with the League is unknown. 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 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. This image shows some of the paintings and cartoons by Kuczynski. 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.

 
Polish Army League minute book
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Polish Army League minute book

The Polish Army League was founded in Palmerston North in 1941 at the instigation of Mrs Ann Jacques. She had heard about the loneliness of Polish soldiers serving alongside NZ troops during WWII and thought to start an organisation to write to, and send gifts to, the soldiers. The League spread to many parts of New Zealand, with individuals, organisations and groups all contributing to the cause. This minute book includes minutes of meetings, news clippings, photographs, correspondence and more, following the work of the League from 1941 - 1947, including information of their connection with the Polish Children's Camp in Pahiatua.

 
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.

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

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

Image of grave with Monte Cassino, Italy, in the background. 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 soldiers in Italy, with gift for New Zealand

Polish soldiers in Italy, with gift for New Zealand

A group of Polish soliders, serving in Italy, with one of the gifts sent to New Zealand. 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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

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