The First Casualty of WW2 in Poland....

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    Corporal Piotr Konieczka was the first Polish military casualty.
    He was KIA at 1:40 during the night from 31st of August to 1st of September by German saboteurs from "V Column", who attacked his post in village Jeziorki at 1:20. At 1:35 after 15 minutes of fierce combat few Polish defenders withdrew, only Konieczka with his machine gun remained. Around 1:40 he was heavily WIA by a single enemy bullet and fell down. Soon after that German bayonets finished him off.
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    Wasn't a little Polish girl the first kill of WWII? :salute:
     
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    He looks old to be a corporal.

    What does the tombstone say?
     
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    So he was the first military casualty of WW2.
     
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    #5 syscom3, Aug 31, 2009
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    sure that first casualty was not german? in 20 minutes of fire no a mortal hit on enemyes?
     
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    Back then promotion was very slow in most armies. There were such things as career privates.
     
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    I would have thought the shells from the battleship Schleswig Holstein fired at the Westerplatte polish troop barracks would have caused the first casualties
     
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    "The 182 Polish troops defending the Polish fort were expected to resist for about 12 hours. Despite coming under fire from the air, sea and land, they held out against a force of more than 3,000 Germans for seven days."

    Wow
     
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    :salute::salute: to all those killed in these opening moments and for the rest of the war :salute: lest we forget :salute:
     
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    Should have done this yesterday. :salute: To all those who lost their lives in Poland during the German/ Soviet invasion. Least we forget.
     
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    Capt. Ignacy Skowron - one of three still living defenders of Westerplatte in 1939...
     

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    Kazimiera Mika in 1939 with Julien Bryen and in 2009 in Warsaw....
     

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