Albert Ronald Nolan was a British Army soldier of World War II. He served in artillery, took part in the landing of Normandy and in the operation “Market Garden”, which started on 17th September 1944, 77 years ago.
He fought alongside around 1,000 parachutists from the 1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade of General Stanisław Sosabowski.
Nolan said to Polishradio.24 in a heartwarming tribute to them: “Polish partroopers, I always found them as the best soldiers I ever served with (…) What they went through nobody else could have done it”.
– Polish paratroopers, I always thougt them as the best soldiers I ever served with – said Albert R. Nolan, @BritishArmy veteran of #MarketGarden operation. @PLinNederland @ukinpoland #MarketGarden75 #history #Driel
Whole testimony: https://t.co/yS717li10V pic.twitter.com/tFy9Fkx3xD
— Historia – Polskie Radio (@Historia_PR) September 26, 2019
Sosabowski, the commander of the legendary 1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade fought in the Market Garden, which ended with disastrous casualties of allied troops including the Polish division.
He was made a scapegoat for the failure by Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery.
After the war Sosabowski worked at a warehouse, living the rest of his life under a cloud of blame. He died in exile in Great Britain in 1967, and was buried in Warsaw. In 2006, he was granted posthumously the Order of the Bronze Lion by the Queen Beatrix of Holland.
Pictures: screenshot from Twitter @Historia_PR, WBH_2016Poles in UK