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The sheepskin coat was a guerrilla’s personal uniform at the end of activities — in the winter of 1944/1945. Legend has it that the sheepskin coat protected Major Wyrwa against the cold while in a Public Security Office prison. The owner was Józef Wyrwa a.k.a. Furgalski or Stary (b. 1898), a teacher by profession...

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The sheepskin coat was a guerrilla’s personal uniform at the end of activities — in the winter of 1944/1945. Legend has it that the sheepskin coat protected Major Wyrwa against the cold while in a Public Security Office prison. The owner was Józef Wyrwa a.k.a. Furgalski or Stary (b. 1898), a teacher by profession, involved in clandestine activities during the war. From the very beginning he was a soldier and also a close collaborator of Major Henryk Dobrzański a.k.a. Hubal, and then a Superintendent for the Limba District in Końskie. Subsequently, he held the position of commander of the National Armed Forces in the Końskie District, commander of the Las II National Armed Forces guerrilla unit (renamed the 2nd Battalion of the 25th Infantry Regiment of the Home Army), upon the merger with the Home Army. Arrested by the Public Security Office in Kielce and put in the Kielce prison in 1945, he was freed on 9 August 1945 during an operation mounted by troops under the command of Antoni Heda a.k.a. Szary. With the risk of being imprisoned again, Józef Wyrwa fled to West Germany in 1947, then to the USA, and in 1952 to Spain. He died in 1970.

Elaborated by the Museum of the Home Army dedicated Gen. Emil Fieldorf “Nil”, © all rights reserved

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Major Wyrwa's sheepskin coat

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