Adam Brzechwa-Ajdukiewicz – the last commander of the 26th Infantry Division Cover Image

Adam Brzechwa-Ajdukiewicz – ostatni dowódca 26 Dywizji Piechoty
Adam Brzechwa-Ajdukiewicz – the last commander of the 26th Infantry Division

Author(s): Konrad A. Czernielewski
Subject(s): History, Political history
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego
Keywords: Adam Brzechwa-Ajdukiewicz; 26th Infantry Division; Skierniewice; Sochaczew; Army “Pomorze”; Army “Poznań”

Summary/Abstract: The author presents the figure of Colonel Adam Brzechwa-Ajdukiewicz and the course of his military career in 1914–1939. Adam Ajdukiewicz was born in 1894 on the Komorniki estate near Krakow. He studied at the Lviv Polytechnic. He was a member of the independence underground organizations. In 1914, he became a soldier of Józef Piłsudski’s Polish Legions – he was, among others, the commander of a machine gun company in 4th Infantry Regiment of Polish Legions. After the oath crisis, he was conscripted into the Austro-Hungarian army. In November 1918 he joined the Polish Army – he participated in the defense of Lviv. He graduated from the General Staff School. In the Polish army he held many important positions, and the culmination of his military career was the position of commander of the 26th Infantry Division, which he assumed on March 1938. The author also briefly described the history of the 26th Infantry Division: the history of its formation, combat traditions of the regiments and locations of dislocation. In the last part of the article, the author discussed the fighting of this division in September 1939, paying special attention to the battle of Bzura – the largest battle of 1939. The “author described the activities of Gen. Adam Brzechwa-Ajdukiewicz and his fate after 1939. The general was captive, he was a prisoner of Ofia VIIA in Murnau. After the liberation of the Murnau camp by American troops, he became an officer in the 7th Infantry Division, then deputy commander of the Military Units in the Middle East. From 1947, he served in the Polish Corps for Preparation and Arrangement. After demobilization he settled in London. He died on June 6, 1954. He was buried at the Kensal Green Cemetery in London.

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 105
  • Page Range: 103-123
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Polish