The Warsaw Uprising Day-by-Day

As featured in the Warsaw Voice

Aug. 5
British Halifax planes drop containers with weapons and ammunition at night in the region of cemeteries in Wola. With the use of two trophy tanks, battalion Zoska liberates the Gesiowka camp, part of the Warsaw Concentration Camp, freeing 348 Jews from various countries. In Wola 10,000 residents are executed. Germans also murder the patients and personnel of Wolski Hospital: about 360 people, and of St. Lazarus Hospital: about 1,000 people.

Aug. 4
First German relief units under SS-Gruppenführer Heinz Reinefarth appear in Wola and Ochota. Massacre of districts’ residents starts. Home Army Main Headquarters (KG AK) gives the order to save ammunition and proceed to ‘active defense’, thus ending the AK offensive. The first airdrop of weapons and ammunition is made by allied aircraft stationed at a base in Brindisi, Italy. Krzysztof K. Baczynski ‘Krzys’, 23, poet and battalion Parasol soldier, perishes in Blank Palace. End of the uprising in Praga.

Aug. 3
Thanks to the capture of Blank Palace, Teatralny Square becomes the southern defense line of the Old Town. In City Centre, Second Lieutenant ‘Zdunin’ unit captures Pocztowy Station on Zelazna Street. The first bombing of Wola takes place. In Ochota, the few AK units to remain in the city take positions in buildings.

Aug. 2
The State Securities Printing House (PWPW) is captured in the Old Town, the Germans having been totally forced out of the district by then. In City Centre, the third assault battalion Kilinski captures the Main Post Office building, Arbeitsamt on Malachowskiego Square and a number of smaller facilities. In Wola, many barricades are raised during the night, closing the city from the west. In Mokotow, Germans murder about 500 prisoners in the prison on Rakowiecka Street and Jesuits from the seminary. A skirmish of Ochota units near Pecice. Germans murder all the hostages taken there.

Aug. 1, 1944
The uprising is slated to begin at 5 p.m. However, skirmishes start much earlier: the first clash in Zoliborz starts at 1:50 p.m. In City Centre and Wola, fighting also breaks out before the fixed hour at about 4:30 p.m.