Here in short(have many more) to the escaped polish POW Charazy, Zbiegniew Fugala:Instet to Attack Jastrow,(and without importend Recce?) tired and hungry the 2.Btl.3.polnisches Rgt. attact Podgaje on afternoon 31.1.1945Captain Zalewski..It lookt like the same Time Lewtenant Alfred Sofki with 8o man(maybe mounted,while short on Gas)does Recce over River Gwyda(Kueddow) and comes 300m on to Podgaje(then ocupait by 48.SS Pz.Gren Rgt)in terrible Weathercondition Snowdrifts ect.34.and 32 Latvian waffen Gren.SS Rgt.marched from Jastrow to Podgaje to release 48.Rgt.(tis shall secured Breakout)andca.14h-15h?the 34.latvians see the Attack on Podgaje and Attack the Poles in Flank,driving them back towards River in the Woods..the 32.Rgt.had the order to take Strassfurth/(Radawica?)Bridge there,but can not succeed(No havy Weapons)maybe this Rgt.got in a Figth with Lt.Sofki's man! The Poles lost 50% and run out on Ammunition and Medical Supplys..Lt.Sofki surrendert here Account of Charazy Fugala:..the Latvians not help the Wounded and by Twilight 37 Survivors,some just 19 Years old and Crying in Fright of there Life!Herdet towards Podgaje.In Villagecentre in a big Barn the POWs are strong guarded in Midnight 31.1/2.2.comes a Group "german Officers?"mentioned Ostubaf Hermann Masel(Paul Massel?)and Ostuf.Max Rhode(never faced Courtmartial) and asked who are the polish Officers..noting is said more SS Gren.come and beat the POWs in inhuman Way!Frighting for be shot,ad least Lt.Sofki and the 2 NCOs decided for Flight(only Chorazy Fugala and Corporal Bondzelewsi escaped in Underwoods nearby..Latvians/Germans?on Skies surchen after them,In the Morning the found back.Lt.Sofki?Name not on the Rememberenc Tableau?At least one more Pow Shot.The Fait of the 32 Soldiers in the Barn very tracical:n the 2.February (embarressing and uncomfortable?) bind with Barbed Wire with Gasolin soked burnt alive?!(SS Song,also sung in Latvian) And the Devil laught to this,ha,ha,ha..(typical for Eastern Front?In 1945 no more Mercy for "Red Army" ect.POWS!Now follows the Artilleriebarrage on Podgaje for 10Min.on the Civilians?And stuck there many different Troups..Podgaje and Barn burnt lighted the Battlefield and the brutal Streetfighting. Poles named the Village for a While "Spalinowo" New Fire(1.Fire distroid Village in 1823)Most of German and Latvian Troups escaped to "Landeck"The last polish Attack morning 11h 3.February by 1.Btl.1.Rgt.DP (Inf.Div.)to Midday the 3.Rgt.with Tanks SU 78 and T-34 by 12.30h the "pulveriesed"Flederborn are taken..The first Polish Soldiers arrived on the burning Barn are in Chock to found the Corpses of there Comrades,later where the Barn are sunk in the Ground first a Cross of Oak are erected than A "Pomnic" Stone/Concret in Size of the Barn build up so near by a Tableau to remember the Names of the murderd polish Soldiers.
For any more Help and INFO on This very Thgankful"Yours J.Fritz