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Arnhem - A Debt of Dishonour Film Premiere


Arnhem - A Debt of DishonourThe premiere screening of Arnhem - A Debt of Dishonour (2012) produced by Dr Marek Stella-Sawicki MBE, with support of the Polish Heritage Society UK,  was held at an evening event hosted at at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London by the Embassy's Deputy Head of Mission, Mr Dariusz Łaska on Tuesday, 12 February 2013.

A Debt of Dishonour is dedicated Major General Sosabowski and all ranks who served in the 1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade Group and to their Comrades-in-Arms of the 1st British Airborne Division that fought in the ill-fated “Operation Market Garden” at Arnhem and Driel during September 1944.

A Debt of Dishonour offers a fresh insight into the role of Polish forces under General Sosabowski and his own leadership capabilites during “Operation Market Garden” using key-witness accounts by Britsh officers uniquley placed to be able judge the events as they unfolded. The film includes contributions by:

Brigade Major (Retd.) Tony Hibbert MBE, MC
 — Interview filmed on location in Cornwall, 3 April 2012.

Sir Brian Urquhart KCMG, MBE
— Reflections on Arnhem, 5-8 August 2012.

Major General (Retd.) John Drewienkiewicz CB, CMG, MA 
— Filmed on location at the Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum in London, 6 September, 2012.

Polski Bohater-Polish Hero

To accompany  the film is an illustrated twelve-page booklet Major General SosabowskiPolski Bohater - Polish Hero” by Colonel Mike Russell, Commander, Aldershot Garrison.

"...Sosabowski rose to his feet and spoke in English about the futility of what was being proposed. Dyrda recalls that his General said: ‘For 8 days and nights not only Polish soldiers but the best sons of England are dying there in vain, for no effect'. There was an uncomfortable silence; again, not a word from Browning. Eventually, Horrocks said: 'This conference is over. The orders given by General Thomas are to be carried out.'..."

The Polski Bohater - Polish Hero booklet is availble for downlaod using the link below:

icon Polski Bohater-Polish Hero (278.23 kB)



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