Polish Government in Exile

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A 55 gr stamp showing the devastation of Warsaw in 1939. This stamp was issued by the Government in Exile.

The Polish government-in-exile was formed in the aftermath of the Invasion of Poland in September 1939, and the subsequent occupation of Poland by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, which brought an end to the Second Polish Republic.

polish government of exile

A 75 gr postage stamp issued by the Polish Government in Exile during World War Two.

Despite the occupation of Poland by hostile powers, the government-in-exile continued to exert influence in Poland through the Polish Underground State and its military arm, the Home Army (Armia Krajowa) resistance. Outside of Poland, under the authority of the government-in-exile, Polish military units that had escaped the German occupation fought as part of Allied forces in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

polish government in exile

An 80 gr postage stamp issued by the Polish Government in Exile during World War Two.

The government-in-exile was based in France during 1939 and 1940; and in 1940, following the fall of France, the government moved to London. It remained in England until its dissolution with the fall of communism in 1990.

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