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Wachlarz (Polish pronunciation: , Armia Krajowa for sabotage duties behind the German Eastern Front, outside of the Polish borders. Its commanders were Lt.Col. Jan Włodarkiewicz (until 1942) and Lt.Col. Adam Remigiusz Grocholski

Originally formed in 1941, shortly after the outbreak of the Nazi-Soviet war, the organization was subordinate to Związek Walki Zbrojnej and bore the cryptnonym 18, later changed to 27. The final name, Wachlarz, was a result of the subdivision of the organization onto several branches, each trying to spread its influence from certain portions of the Polish border deep into the Soviet territory. There were five different sectors of Wachlarz, each acting independently and formed along several main supply lines of the German war machine:

  1. Lwów-Tarnopol-Zhmerynka-Dnipropetrovsk
  2. Równe-Zhytomir-Kiev
  3. Brześć nad Bugiem-Pińsk-Homel
  4. Lida-Minsk-Borisov-Orsha
  5. Wilno-Daugavpils-Polotsk

The main aim of the organization was to prepare reconnaissance, intelligence, sabotage and diversion between the Eastern Front and the pre-war Polish borders, from the

  1. ^ a b Wojciech Königsberg (2014-01-30). "Brawurowa akcja "Ponurego" i "Czarki". Wyzwolenie więzienia w Pińsku" [The Pińsk prison rescue under "Ponury" and "Czarka"] (in Polish). Wirtualna Polska Retrieved 20 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Based on Wachlarz operation map (p.205) from Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski, Poland a Historical Atlas, Hippocrene Books, 1987, ISBN 0-88029-394-2
  3. ^ Nowiny Rzeszowskie, "Nowiny: gazeta codzienna. 1990, nr 162-183 (sierpień)." Page 9 in scanned document. Nr 163. "Kim jest Martin Gray?" (Who is Martin Gray) Polish daily newspaper Nowiny Rzeszowskie, August 2, 1990; interview with Captain Wacław Kopista (sic). Lizardtech viewer.


Before March 1943 all units of Wachlarz were incorporated into the KeDyw underground organization.

Initially the unit was formed of officers of the commando warfare as the Cichociemni and after 1942 it carried over more than 100 major acts of sabotage, including the destruction of over 30 major supply depots,[2] its effectiveness was seriously hindered by both the Gestapo and the Soviet partisans. The most notable success was cutting all railway lines leading to and from Minsk in May 1942 and a similar action in Brześć in August of the same year. Between December 1942 and February of the following year a large part of the 4th sector was arrested by the Gestapo. They were liberated from the Pińsk prison in a successful rescue action by sixteen Cichociemni parachuters under the command of Jan Piwnik according to Captain Wacław Kopisto who was one of them,[3] all dressed in German uniforms.[1] (see also 1943 Pinsk Prison Raid).



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