Sunday, August 8, 2021

Warsaw Uprising Calendar: August 8th, an insurgent radio station begins broadcasting

Source: Tygodnik Przeglad

 Insurgent radio station Błyskawica (Lightning) began to broadcast from Warsaw. It broadcasted until the end of the struggle. 

The radio station was supposed to move the conscience of the Allies. With no effect.

The transmitter was constructed by Antoni Zębik pseudonym "Biegły." Each broadcast started with a tune of  The Varsovian 1831: "Arise, oh Poland, break your chains, Today is a day of your victory or death!"

The first broadcast was simple: 

Hello, here is Błyskawica speaking! A radio transmitter of the Home Army in Warsaw, on 32.8 and 52.1 meter bands.

The spirit of Warsaw is wonderful.The women of Warsaw are wonderful.

They are everywhere, in the front line together with soldiers as nurses or liaison officers.

Even children are animated by a wonderful spirit of bravery. We greet all freedom-loving people of the world!

Polish soldiers who fight in Italy, Polish pilots and mariners."

The programs were broadcast at 9.45 a.m., 2 p.m., 7.30 p.m., and 10 p.m. The program prepared by the Office of Information and Propaganda of the Home Army contained messages from the commander of the uprising, reports, poems, and songs as well as the latest news from the world, from the country, but above all from the capital. 

- I have heard information about where to get water and food. It was reported that there was a Polish post office and that scouts delivered letters. You could also hear which streets are under attack and should not be crossed. There were also calls for help in digging up people from under the collapsed buildings - recalls Henryk Jerzy Filipski "Jeremi", who fought in the Security Corps unit in the Northern Downtown district.

On October 4th, when the uprising was drawing near the end, it broadcast the last, 10-minute long, message. After this transmission, the radio station was destroyed by the then chief of the team Jan Georgica "Grzegorzewicz".

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