The Warsaw Uprising, August 1944
The Warsaw Uprising took place between 1 August and 2 October 1944. It was planned and led by the Polish Home Army with the hope of assistance from the approaching Red Army. An earlier revolt, the Ghetto Uprising, took place between April and May 1943 and resulted in razing the north part of the Ghetto
Smoke from fighting covered central and northern Warsaw on 12 August (Graphic 1). On 20 August evidence of fighting could be seen in the vicinity of the city Old Town, where a Luftwaffe aircraft was attacking positions near the Royal Castle and several barricades (Graphic 2). After the uprising German troops methodically continued destroying Polish cultural treasures. Coverage from later in August or early September showed the Royal Castle had been razed.
Evidence of ongoing fighting could still be seen on 30 August, when roadblocks, trenches, and fighting positions were deployed at key points (Graphics 3 & 4). Much of the south ghetto area had been destroyed and dust/smoke indicated that operations were in progress.