Collection MS 263 - Photographs of First Polish Armoured Division

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MS 263


Photographs of First Polish Armoured Division


  • c 1939 - c 1945 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

1 CD, also digital copies stored in digital archive

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Biographical history

Gilles Lapers is the husband of Zygmunt Sawicki's granddaughter. Lapers researched his wife's grandfather's service with the 1st Polish Armoured Division (1st P.A.D.) and the Traffic Control Platoon during the Second World War.

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Biographical history

Zygmunt Sawicki was born 3 February 1907 at Bialystok, Poland to parents, Bronislaw and Maria (nee Jaszczolt). Zygmunt was employed as a fitter/mechanic before joining the Armed Forces.
In 1939, Zygmunt lived in Warszawa, Poland. Following a recruitment campaign, he travelled to France where he joined the Polish Forces under French Command on 1 March 1940. He was then evacuated to the UK and served under British Command from 1 July 1940 - 13 September 1946. During that time he served with 1st Polish Armoured Division and with the Traffic Control Platoon, 10 Armoured Cavalry Brigade. Sawicki was honourably discharged in 1946.

Sawicki's granddaughter's husband, Gillies Lapers researched his time during the Second World War. Lapers gifted a number of digital images to the University Archives. His research has been collated into a blog which includes further images.

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Scope and content

Photographs of the First Polish Armoured Division. Photographs include the locations of the UK, France, Holland, and Hungary. Personalities shown include General (Ike) Eisinhower, General Sikorski, General Maczek, and Major-General Klemens Rudnicki.


Not expected

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Usually chronological within series.

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Conditions governing access

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

Conditions governing reproduction

Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Photographs on Compact Disc; digital images held on the University server.

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Existence and location of originals

Originals are in the possession of Gilles Lapers

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Description identifier

MS 263

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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997



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  • English



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