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

August 27, 1944 - Twenty-seventh day of the Uprising

Name day: Monika, Cezary, Józef
Sunrise 5:54 am; sunset 7:52 pm; average air temperature: 20°C
Sunny; Vistula river level: 81 cm

          The fights on the floors of the Polish Security Printing Works are being continued. Throughout the day, St. John Archcathedral (8 Świętojańska Street) is changing hands, but eventually the Germans capture the temple. After hand-to-hand combat, the Germans are driven out of St. Martin Church.

          In many sections of the Old Town the insurgents report they are running out of grenades and Molotov cocktails.

          Around 8000 injured people are hiding in the basements of the Old Town. There are no medicines, and operations, if doctors decide to conduct them, are carried out without anesthetics in unsanitary conditions.

          Under the influence of numerous requests and pressures, Lieutenant Colonel "Wachnowski" agrees to issue passes to a number of soldiers with minor injuries to leave the Old Town using the sewers. Some soldiers try to escape from the district on their own.

          For the past few days, wounded insurgents and civil population have been fleeing the Old Town to find shelter in Żoliborz. A group of 300 soldiers from the People's Army commanded by Captain Jan Szaniawski "Szwed" ("Swede") also arrives in the district.

          The Germans manage to secure the positions in the buildings along Grzybowska Street from Waliców to Towarowa Streets and the police barracks on Ciepła Street, the corner of Grzybowska Street.

          On the night of August 26 and 27, the Mokotów troops launch an offensive with the goal to break through to Powiśle Czerniakowskie to make a connection between Mokotów and Śródmieście. The "Baszta" ("Bastille") soldiers capture the Monastery of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth on Czerniakowska Street and take control over the middle section of Podchorążych Street.

          Commander-in-Chief, General Kazimierz Sosnkowski, awards the War Order Virtuti Militari, IV Class, to the commander of the defense of the Old Town, Colonel Karol Ziemski "Wachnowski".

          Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President of the United States, refuses to help the insurgents without Stalin's permission.

edited by: Maciej Janaszek-Seydlitz

translated by: Beata Murzyn

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