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

September 5, 1944 - Thirty-sixth day of the Uprising

Name day: Dorota, Teodor
Sunrise 6:09 am; sunset 7:31 pm; average air temperature: 15°C
Sunny; Vistula river level: 61 cm

          Heavy fights in Powiśle. The Germans are attacking from three directions at the same time, trying to force the insurgents out of the district at all costs and cut Powiśle Czerniakowskie off from Sródmieście..
          After intensive artillery preparations and mass air raids, the Germans launch an attack along the whole Powiśle front. The German infantry captures the huge edifice of the National Mutual Insurance Institution on Kopernika Street and the houses along Sewerynów, Oboźna and Leszczyńska Streets. The Polish Theater is also seized by the enemy. The whole company (152 soldiers) led by Lieutenant Tadeusz Malinowski "Pobóg" is wiped out on Leszczyńska Street.
          The fights over the complex of St. Lazarus Hospital on Książeca Street last the whole day. The only passage between Śródmieście and Powiśle Czerniakowskie is in danger.
          In the evening, having run out of ammo, the defenders of the Municipal Power Station under the command of Captain Stanisław Skibniewski "Cubryna" withdraw from the completely destroyed buildings of the Station. Major Stanisław Błaszczyk "Róg" ("Horn"), the commander of Powiśle who arrived there from the Old City, urges the civil population to evacuate to Śródmieście. At night, the civilians are trying to make their way to the east side of New World Street.

          On the border of Czerniaków and South Śródmieście, the sub-units of "Czata 49" ("Watch 49") and Miotła ("Broom") battalions man the positions on the escarpment in the vicinity of St. Lazarus Hospital in the direction of Frascati Street and the area of Książęca Street.

          Colonel Jan Mazurkiewicz "Radosław" and Captain Zygmunt Netzer "Kryska" are appointed as the commander and deputy commander of the defense of Czerniaków, respectively.

          The building of the PKO Postal Savings Bank, the seat of the Home Army Main Headquarters, is bombed. The staff of the Home Army Headquarters moves to the building of "small PAST-a" (Polska Akcyjna Spółka Telefoniczna - Polish Telephone Joint-stock Company) on Piusa XI Street, while the Command of the Uprising - to the "Palladium" Theater at 7/9 Złota Street.

          Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President of the USA, confused by his own military intelligence, sends a message to Great Britain Prime Minister Winston Churchill, informing him that the Uprising has fallen and that the problem of air drops and assistance to the Uprising is no longer valid.

edited by: Maciej Janaszek-Seydlitz

translated by: Beata Murzyn

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