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

August 9, 1944 - Ninth day of the Uprising

Name day: Roman, Ryszard
Sunrise 5:24 am; sunset 8:30 pm; average air temperature: 17°C
Sunny, cloudy in the evening, isolated showers; Vistula river level: 180 cm

          The Jewish Cemetery in Wola is continuously changing hands. There are also tenacious fights going over the Calvinist and Evangelical cemeteries. Melchior Wańkowicz's daughter, Krystyna, loses her life in the combat.
          The commander of the "Północ" ("North") group orders the "Parasol" battalion to withdraw from Wola to the Old City.

          The market square of the Old City undergoes bombing waves carried out by dive bombers, bringing a few tenement houses to collapse. The bombings also take heavy toll on civilians..

          Heavy German attacks on the barricade along Miodowa - Senatorska Streets and on the power plant and filter substation are repelled.

          Ochota - the unit of Second Lieutenant Andrzej Chyczewski "Gustaw" and the platoon commanded by Second Lieutenant Józef Zając-Nowacki "Pobóg" are forced to leave the factory of the Tobacco Monopoly at 1 Kaliska Street. In "Wawelska Redoubt" the insurgents dig a passage from the cellars to the sewer system, thus preparing a way of escape.

          Śródmieście - the partisans are defending themselves in the building of the Water Supply and Sewerage Directorate.

          A few factories in Śródmieście start the production of incendiary bottles, grenades and other weapons, including a home-made grenade launcher firing grenades over a distance of a few dozen meters.

          After a five-year occupational break, the Polish Radio resumes broadcasting at short waves of 43,4 m. The lack of radio receivers entails the installation of loudspeakers in the streets of the city.

          The troops from the "Chrobry I" battalion attempt to destroy an armored train shelling the Old City from the Gdańsk Train Station.

          Mokotów - "Baszta" ("Bastille") secures the area bounded by the streets: Puławska, Szustra, Aleje Niepodległości and Woronicza.

          The occupational administrative authorities escape from the Brühl Palace and flee Warsaw. During their evacuation, the Governor-General Deputy of the Warsaw District Herbert Hummel is killed from shots fired from Theater Square..
          At 10.20 am, General Fisher manages to slip away from the Brühl Palace under cover of a tank.

          General Vormann, the commander of the 9th Army, sends a report on the situation in Warsaw, informing that the suppression of the outbreak with the current forces is not possible. He asks for an additional strong division armed with heavy weapons.

          Joseph Stalin addresses the following words to the Prime Minister Mikołajczyk: "I pity your men, who prematurely stood up to fight for Warsaw." As it turned out later, these words foretold a lack of Soviet reaction and a tacit consent on the destruction of the city by the Germans. As late as in the second half of September just a few landings of the Polish First Army soldiers and a few aerial deliveries take place.

edited by: Maciej Janaszek-Seydlitz

translated by: Beata Murzyn

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