Westerplatte Memorial

 

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Westerplatte, the peninsula in Gdańsk, was attacked at the first of September 1939, and this event is considered as a beginning of World War II. For Poles it is a symbol of the greatest heroism, present in every history book.


The orders for that outpost was to defend for a day, but commanders decided not to surrender, and battle last for seven days. During this week, the small Polish troop lost 15-20 soldiers, while in German army died more than three hundreds.
The Statue to the Defenders of Westerplatte, called also Memorial of Coastal Defenders, was unveiled in 1966. It consist of 236 granite blocks, decorated with bas-reliefs and inscriptions. The 23 meters high monument is well visible both from the sea, and from the city.





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