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Major Ignacy Skowron the last of 200 brave men defending Polish outpost at Westerplatte died at age of 97.
Battle of Westerplatte lasted for a week: 200 Polish conscripts held the Outpost against about ~3,400 Germans, 1500 of which were SS-Heimwehr force along with 225 German marines and a pre-drednought Battleship.
Polish planning expected that the outpost would hold for 24 hours against wehrmacht...
Polish defenders horribly outgunned, did surrender after a week of fighting - by that Time German force sustained more losses than defenders had men. Being dug in very well Polish forces surrendered due to lack of supply of food and ammunition.
After Battle, the Commander of Polish forces Mj. Sucharski was allowed to keep his officer sabre in captivity as a sign of respect from opposing forces.
Here is part of Polish movie showing the capitulation moment - its historically accurate: The surrendering of Polish defenders at Westerplatte served as part of German propaganda, to enforce the image of "Knightly" Wehrmacht. It was one of "sweetest" and weirdest way to surrender - with defeated army treated like a kind of actors, and generally treated well.
And heres a nazi-made photo (of surrendering not of the man :P):
"Peace is a precious and a desirable thing. Our generation, bloodied in wars, certainly deserves peace. But peace, like almost all things of this world, has its price, a high but a measurable one. We in Poland do not know the concept of peace at any price. There is only one thing in the lives of men, nations and countries that is without price. That thing is honor." - Józef Beck on the outbreak of WW2
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