POLONICA in Scotland



Tableau presented to the Royal Burgh by Polish Paratroopers



Positioned on the wall of Earlsferry Town Hall, the tableau was unveiled in June 1943.


The work was the creation of the Polish lady artist Zofia Kruszelnicka and Captain Tadeusz Sieczkowski - adjutant to Colonel Jan Kaminski, commander of the Polish paratroopers garrison in Elie and Earlsferry.


(Above information kindly supplied by Mr T S Roy (Captain Tadeusz Rojewski) of Lundon Links)




In Earlsferry High Street on a wall of a building there is a metal tableau given by the Polish paratroopers.  It is inscribed: Polish Paratroops to the Royal Burgh of Elie & Earlsferry as a token of friendship and gratitude.

1940 -1943


In October 1940 the 4th Cadre Rifle Brigade which was later renamed the 1st Parachute Brigade moved to this area of Fife. Its commander was Col Stanislaw Sosabowski.


The brigade's name was later changed tothe 1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade.


Intended to be used in Poland, the  brigade however landed in the Arnhem area in September 1944 where it participated in this famous battle.



For other Polonica in Scotland connected with the Polish paratroopers visit- Falkland Palace/Linlithgow Leven, Fife Memorial Pillar (post-war).


See also St Andrews, Fife (post-war)



Tactical symbol of the 1st Independent Polish Parachute Brigade

Colours Leven

On the 23rd September 1943, the anniversary of the formation of the  brigade, Lady Wemyss presented the

brigade with a standard - a gift from the Scottish ladies of Fife.




1st Airborne Division



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