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Kazik’s Polish Navy by Kazimierz J. Kasperek, Lieutenant Commander (ret.), with Pat McDonough. Kazik was on active duty from February 1936 to May 8, 1945. He served with the Allied Forces on ships of the Polish Navy–in–Exile. As Chief Petty Officer, Kazik was at the helm in major sea battles and special operations including the suicide convoy to Malta, the evacuation of Dunkirk, the invasions of France, Greece and Italy, hunts for U-boats, and convoys across the North Atlantic. He escaped a German POW camp in brutal cold, crossing frozen rivers and canals.

An exciting, insightful narrative history of valor, optimism, and love.

“For our freedom and yours!”
“ Za naszą i waszą wolność”

(the unofficial motto of Poland)

“Kazika Polska Marynarka” przez Kazimierz J. Kasperek z Pat McDonough wydane przez Terra Sancta Press ISBN 978-0-9653467-2-6, $21.95 USD plus wysyłka, można zamówić przez http://terrasanctapress.com gdzie Paypal i karty kredytowy są akceptowane za zapłatę.

            Kazik’s Polish Navy is only available in the English language at this time.

The print edition of the book features more than 80 photographs taken by Kazik in WWII using his Brownie box camera. Appendixes include excerpts of international agreements affecting post-war Poland. Epilogue brings the story into this century.

Author’s Biography

Kazimierz J. Kasperek (A/K/A Kazik or Casey) (1916 – June 28, 2008) was born in Częstochowa, Poland. As a young man, he worked as a delivery boy. He attended teachers’ college for two years, then enlisted as a volunteer in the Polish Navy on February 1, 1936. After two years’s training which included two windjammer cruises on the three-masted schooner O.R.P. Iskra, World War II broke out with the Invasion of Poland. He was on the minesweeper O.R.P. Rybitwa defending the Port of Gydnia and the Peninsula of Hel. He was among the last fighters there to be taken by the German forces. Moved from POW internment camp to camp, and living in unheated conditions in winter, he escaped to Holland, and made his way to France. He soon united with the Polish Navy-in-Exile.

Kazik was a Supply Officer and Paymaster and rose to the rank of Chief Petty Officer. As a Chief Petty Officer, he served directly under the ship’s commander, and was often at the helm for as long as 16 hours at a time. With Allied Forces, Kazik was involved in constant sea battles from 1940-1945, including the suicide convoy to Malta, the evacuation of Dunkirk, the hunt for U-boats and Pocket Battleships, and at least 26 trans-Atlantic convoys in the North Atlantic. He served through V-E Day 1945. He is the most decorated WWII officer in the Polish Navy. He retired as Lieutenant Commander.

In 1941, he met Irene Lance. They were married in 1942 and had two daughters.

In an underhanded way, the Polish Navy and free Poland were obliterated at the end of WWII by the Potsdam and Yalta agreements. This left Kazik needing to find a new career. Kazik was retrained in England as a fine furniture maker. With his wife and daughters, they immigrated to Chicago where he worked for Marshall Field’s and others as a marquetry and furniture repair field representative. Eventually he and his family became U.S. Citizens. He retired to Floridana Beach, Florida, and was active in civic life in Brevard County. After Poland became free, he felt he could finally write the memoir of his adventures, complete with his never-before-published photographs.

Kazimierz J. Kasperek was awarded a total of 18 medals from Poland, England, France, Malta and Norway for his service from 1939 to 1945.

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Readership:

General audiences, history buffs, military personnel and their families, mature high school students, and those with special interest in Poland and it’s involvement in WWII.

BISAC CODE
940.54 920. MILITARY HISTORY NARRATAIVE / WWII/ Polish Navy & Polish Navy-in-Exile / Battles & Convoys

Polish Navy

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ISBN 9780965346726
Retail $21.95 USD plus postage
Binding: Perfect
Soft Cover
5 1/2" x 8 1/2" x .5"
256 pages
SKU: BK-KPN

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