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

September 27, 1944 - Fifty-eighth day of the Uprising

Name day: Justyna, Wincenty
Sunrise 6:46 am; sunset 6:39 pm; average air temperature: 10°C
Cloudy; Vistula river level: 50 cm

          In view of the hopeless military situation and the threat of annihilation of civil population, Major Kazimierz Szternal "Zryw" ("Dash"), who at that time is acting as the commander of Mokotów, sends mediators to the German side.
          Having received the desired guarantees from General von dem Bach, Mokotów surrenders around 1 pm.
          More than 1000 insurgents are taken prisoner - they are transferred to the camp in Skierniewice.
          Civil population is transported through the premises of the Horse Race Track in Służewiec to the Pruszków camp.
          A large group of insurgents wanders through the labyrinth of the sewers and finally climbs out of a manhole right onto the German positions near Dworkowa Street. Nearly 120 "Baszta" ("Bastille") soldiers (including 4 women) are murdered by the Schutzpolizei squad stationed at 3/5 Dworkowa Street (Military Police Command for Warsaw County).

          The mercenaries from the combat group of SS-Gruppenführer Heinrich Reinefarth commit a mass murder of injured patients in a field hospital at 8 Drewniana Street in Powiśle, situated in the area held under German control since September 7. Among the victims are two superior officers from the command of the "Radosław" group: Major Wacław Janaszek "Bolek" and Captain Mieczysław Kurkowski "Sawa".

          In the north part of Śródmieście the enemy attempts to storm Łucka and Pańska Streets, but is repelled.

          In Śródmieście the insurgents from the "Golski" battalion use home-made mortars - for the first time in the battle for Warsaw.

          The Germans commence "Operation Sternschuppe" ("Falling Star") with the goal to destroy the "Kampinos" Home Army group.

          The second meeting of the German and Polish mediators takes place at 5.30 pm at Starynkiewicza Square in Śródmieście.

edited by: Maciej Janaszek-Seydlitz

translated by: Beata Murzyn

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