61 al. Jana Pawła II - Wola District

         In July 2023, in the district of Wola in Warsaw, a mural commemorating General Zbigniew Ścibor-Rylski aka "Motyl" ("Butterfly") was unveiled on the façade of a residential block at 61 Al. Jana Pawła II at the intersection with Miła Street.
         A fragment of one of post-war statements of "Motyl" was placed on the mural:

         "The Warsaw Uprising was a struggle for the dignity of Poland among the nations of Europe and the World.".

         Below the picture, there is information:

         Captain Ścibor-Rylski "Motyl"
         Twice awarded the Silver Cross
         of the War Order of Virtuti Militari

         The battle trail of the Home Army "Czata 49" ("Outpost 49") battalion
         - Wola
         - the Old Town
         - Śródmieście
         - Powiśle Czerniakowskie
         - Mokotów

         General Zbigniew Ścibor-Rylski was one of the most recognizable and distinguished war veterans in Poland. During the Warsaw Uprising he was the commander of the "Motyl" ("Butterfly") company in the "Czata 49" ("Outpost 49") battalion of the "Radosław" group under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Jan Mazurkiewicz. As the commander of the company, he travelled the whole battle trail of his battalion, first from Wola to the Old Town, from there through the sewers to Śródmieście and further to Upper Czerniaków (Powiśle Czerniakowskie), through the sewers to Mokotów and back to Śródmieście.
         After the war, Zbigniew Ścibor-Rylski was the initiator and long-term Chair of the Association of Warsaw Insurgents. He was three times injured in the whole campaign. Twice awarded the War Order of Virtuti Militari. In 2005 he was promoted to Brygadier General.

edited by: Maciej Janaszek-Seydlitz

photos by: Maciej Janaszek-Seydlitz

translated by: Beata Murzyn

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