Photographer's Note

Yesterday was the anniversary of Warsaw Uprising so I show the wide panorama of my city.

he Warsaw Uprising (Polish: Powstanie Warszawskie; German: Warschauer Aufstand) was a major World War II operation by the Polish resistance Home Army to liberate Warsaw from German occupation. The uprising was timed to coincide with the Soviet Union's Red Army approaching the eastern suburbs of the city and the retreat of German forces. However, the Soviet advance stopped short, enabling the Germans to regroup and demolish the city while defeating the Polish resistance, which fought for 63 days with little outside support. The Uprising was the largest single military effort taken by any European resistance movement during World War II.
Although the exact number of casualties remains unknown, it is estimated that about 16,000 members of the Polish resistance were killed and about 6,000 badly wounded. In addition, between 150,000 and 200,000 Polish civilians died, mostly from mass executions. Jews being harboured by Poles were exposed by German house-to-house clearances and mass evictions of entire neighbourhoods. German casualties totalled over 8,000 soldiers killed and missing, and 9,000 wounded. During the urban combat approximately 25% of Warsaw's buildings were destroyed. Following the surrender of Polish forces, German troops systematically levelled another 35% of the city block by block. Together with earlier damage suffered in the 1939 invasion of Poland and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943, over 85% of the city was destroyed by January 1945, when the course of the events in the Eastern Front forced the Germans to abandon the city.

You can see here important monuments of Warsaw:
at one third in front the Monument to the Heroes of Warsaw, also known as the Warsaw Nike.. The monument commemorates all those who died in the city from 1939 to 1945, including participants in the defense of Warsaw in September 1939, the participants of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the Warsaw Uprising, and the victims of German terror in the occupied capital. Above it the pink tower of the Jesuit Church, close to it the Gothic facade of the Cathedral, farther the Royal Castle. If you have good sight you can spot theSigismund Column. (very small here, against the red roof), two narrow towers of the Praga Cathedral, green tower of St. Anna Church from where many views of Warsaw are taken and finally the facade of the Opera.
I hope that the friends who visited Warsaw will recognize it all.
More details are visible on the
bigger beta picture.

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