During an event marking the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Landings, Britain’s Prince Charles paid tribute to Polish veterans who took part in this Allied WWII operation in 1944.
General Rajmund Andrzejczak, the chief of the Polish General Staff, has also met with Polish soldiers, who took part in the Allied operation.
The Prince of Wales and successor to the British throne thanked Polish veterans for their effort and sacrifice.
Among the officials who took part in the commemorations in Portsmouth, a port city on England’s southern coast, were Queen Elizabeth II and the representatives of 15 countries, including the Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki, the US President Donald Trump, who is on a visit to the country, French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, as well as many other guests of honour.
During the ceremony, PM Morawiecki spoke with Mr Trump. Earlier, he held a meeting with his British counterpart, Theresa May. Poland’s PM has also met with the Polish veterans of WWII.
The Normandy Landings, which commenced on June 6, 1944, played an important role in the Western Allies’ liberation of mainland Europe from Nazi German occupation during WWII.
During the landings, a total of 12 Polish squadrons served as part of the British Royal Air Force and 11 of them took part in the Normandy Landings. Moreover, the Allied forces were supported by three military vessels, operated by the Polish Navy.
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