Thursday 28 March 2013

Polish Army evacuations from Krasnovodsk to Pahlevi 1942

In 1942, the Polish army that was forming in the Soviet Union was evacuated to Persia. The evacuation, between Krasnovodsk and Pahlevi, was carried out in two phases; first in March - April and the second in August - September 1942.

The UK National Archives hold records describing the evacuations.

The following reports describe the arrival in Pahlevi:
These files are in compressed format:
The following are the same files in full definition (each with file size of 15-40MB, so may take some time to download):
Pahlevi Evacuations Report - March - April 1942 - Lt. Col. Ross
Pahlevi March - April 1942 - Indian Field Ambulance Report - Lt. Col Ata-Ullah, Indian Field Ambulance service
Pahlevi Evacuations Report - Aug - Sept 1942 - Lt. Col. Ross

Summary tables from March - April 1942 report, showing a total of 48,808 soldiers and civilians arriving between 25th March and 5th April 1942
Pahlevi map from March - April 1942 report

Summary table from August -September report, showing a further 69,247 soldiers and civilians arriving between 10th August and 1st September 1942

Kadet Andrzej Zajaczkowski
Junacka Szkola Kadetow - 1942
Pahlevi or Palestine? Can anyone confirm the location? 

These aerial photos show the refugee camps on the beaches of Pahlevi in September 1942
German aerial reconnaissance photos from September 1942
provided by Bronislaw Kielbasa and posted on the Kresy Siberia gallery by Romuald Lipinski and Julek Plowy

Costs of supporting the Polish deportees in Persia

The attached documents show that the Polish Government paid over £1 million pounds to the British Government between June 1942 and January 1943 for the costs of supporting the Polish refugees in Pahlevi and later in Tehran.
The documents are extracts of the relevant files in the UK National Archives (WO193/216).
Recovery of evacuation costs (high quality) 10MB
same file in lower quality Recovery of evacuation costs - 1.6MB

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