Nine weeks of blood and glory
Warsaw Uprising of 1944 day by day.

July 31, 1944 - 1 day before the Uprising

Name day: Helena, Ignacy
Sunrise 5:10 am; sunset 8:45 pm; air temperature: 19°C
Partly cloudy, isolated showers, Vistula river level: 124 cm

          The command over the German garrison in Warsaw is taken by General Reiner Stahel.
          The morning briefing of the Home Army Command ends with the resolution that the fighting will not start on August 1.
          In the afternoon messages are arriving about the commander of the German 73rd Division defending the outskirts of Warsaw taken captive and about the maneuvers of the Soviet forces encircling the city.
          Colonel Kazimierz Iranek-Osmecki reports that the German Panzer Division "Hermann Göring" has been deployed to Praga district.
          Around 5.30 pm a briefing is joined by Colonel Antoni Chru¶ciel aka "Monter" reporting about the Red Army marching into Praga.
          In the presence and with the consent of Deputy Prime Minister Jan Stanis³aw Jankowski "Soból" ("Sable"), the Government Delegate for Poland, General Tadeusz Komorowski aka "Bór" signs the order to initiate the Uprising and determines the moment of its outbreak for August 1, 1944.
          The coded order is ready around 8 pm, but it does not reach the addressees because of the curfew. Messengers will deliver copies of the order to the troops the following day.

edited by: Maciej Janaszek-Seydlitz

translated by: Beata Murzyn

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