While the Soviet army was closing on Polish capitol city local resistance groups under command of Armia Krajowa (Home Army) decided to start the uprising in Warsaw. Mostly young students and even small boys attacked German forces in Warsaw expecting Soviets to come within days. But on Stalin’s decision the offensive towards Warsaw stopped just across the river from where the uprising started. The resistance supported by the civilians, armed with only light arms and what they could get from dead Germans, lasted 2 months and 1 day of heavy fights against veteran German forces supported by heavy artillery, flame throwers, tanks and planes.
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill wanted to make drops of supplies from airplanes to support the insurgents, but they would have to operate from Soviet airfields and again Stalin opposed to it. The uprising costed lives of about 50,000 insurgents, over 150,000 civilians and lead to turning the whole city in ruins.
Although the Warsaw Uprising showed the spirit of freedom and the courage of insurgents it still causes much controversy even among Poles if the decision to start the uprising wasn’t hasty since the insurgency forces didn’t have any exit strategy from the battle if Soviets wouldn’t help them. The effect was that many civilians ended up trapped inside besieged city and often were used as target for Nazi retaliations.
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