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British 8th Army Crusade sleeve patch worn by a Jewish medical officer, 2nd Polish Corps

Object | Accession Number: 2002.477.3

British 8th Army sleeve patch worn by Dr. Salomon Slowes, who was a medical officer in the Polish Army and later the 2nd Polish Corps, British Army circa 1939-1945. This Crusade shield patch was issued by the Eight Army after June 1944, as an honorary distinction and award for the Corps's heroism at Monte Cassino. It was worn on the right sleeve. Slowes was called up shortly before Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939. Three weeks later, the Soviet Union invaded. Slowes was captured by the Soviets and interned in Kozel'sk, Pavlishchev Bor, and Gryazovets prisoner of war labor camps. After Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941, Slowes was released as part of an amnesty granted to Polish prisoners to aid the Soviet war effort. He joined the Polish Army of the East, known as Anders Army, a volunteer military unit. Slowes, who was an oral and facial surgeon, set up clinics in every place the Army made camp. In August 1942, the unit left Soviet territory and became the 2nd Polish Corps, British Army. In February 1944, his unit deployed from North Africa to join the British 8th Army in the Italian Campaign. The Corps fought its way north and was honored for heroism in the May 1944 Battle of Monte Cassino. The Corps was in Italy on May 7, 1945, when the war ended. Slowes was awarded several medals by the British and Polish governments for his service. He settled in Palestine after the war.

Date
after 1944 May-approximately 1947  (use)
Classification
Military Insignia
Category
Badges
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Salomon Slowes
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