Portage County & the Polish Army

Portage County & the Polish Army (HM2JVL)

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N 44° 31.399', W 89° 33.4'

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When World War I started in 1914, Poland was divided between the empires of Prussia, Austria, and Russia. In 1917, a Polish National Committee organized regiments of Polish-American men to fight under a Polish flag in Europe. Forty-eight recruiting centers were established in the U.S., including one in Portage County. Through efforts of Polish patriots, an "independent Polish state" was included in President Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points speech to end the war in 1918.

Answering the Call
Nearly 300 men from Portage County, northern Wisconsin, and Michigan were recruited. The local effort was led by S.H. Worzalla, Joseph Worzalla, J.W. Przewlocki, and Jacob Woyak. The community embraced the cause of Polish nationalism with speeches, send-off dinners, and benefit dances.

Poland Reborn
After Armistice on November 11, 1918, the Polish Army men stayed on to establish borders for the newly reborn country of Poland. They fought in territorial wars against the bordering countries of Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Silesia, and Galicia. When the army was demobilized in March 1920, troops either stayed in Poland or returned to America.
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Date Added Saturday, August 24th, 2019 at 8:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 296830 N 4933178
Decimal Degrees44.52331667, -89.55666667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 31.399', W 89° 33.4'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 31' 23.94" N, 89° 33' 24" W
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