Polish Submarine "ORZEŁ" - September 1939

Polish Submarine "ORZEŁ" - September 1939 (HM12Z7)

Location: Tallinn, Harju County 10133 Tallinna linn
Country: Estonia

N 59° 26.553', E 24° 44.964'

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Text in Estonian: ...

Text in Polish:
15. Septembril 1939. Aastal
Interneeriti saksa riigi survel Tallinnas
Poola S?jalaevvastiku allveelaev


Merev?ekapten Jan Grudziński juhtimisel v?ttis relvitu
Laev ??l vastu 18 Septembrit 1939 ette Hulljulge p?genemise
Suurbritanniasse, et sealt J?tkata Voitlust merel.
See S?ndmus Oli ?heks Ettek??ndeks N?ukogude
S?jav?ebaaside Rajamisele eesti territooriumil ja
Eesti Hilisemale inkorporeerimisele N?ukogude Liitu.

Allveelaeva "ORZEŁ"
Kangelaslikele Meremeestele
Poolakate Poolt

Text in English:
15 September 1939

The Polish Navy submarine "ORZEŁ" and her heroic crewmen were interned in Tallinn on 15 September 1939 under pressure from Germany [following their invasion of Poland and start of WWII]. On the night of 18 September 1939, First Officer Jan Grudziński led the vessel's unarmed crew in a daring escape, attempting to reach Britain to continue Poland's fight from the sea. Intercepted and sunk by German forces, this event was a pretext for the Soviet Union's establishment of military bases on Estonian territory and the subsequent incorporation of Estonia into the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

The Heroic Seamen of the Polish Submarine "ORZEŁ"
HM NumberHM12Z7
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Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 4:12pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)35V E 372376 N 6591490
Decimal Degrees59.44255000, 24.74940000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 59° 26.553', E 24° 44.964'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds59° 26' 33.18" N, 24° 44' 57.84" E
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Area Code(s)212
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 70 Pikk, Tallinn Harju County 10133, EE
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