Poland on Monday paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the Warsaw Uprising against occupying Nazi Germany 67 years ago.
Prime Minister Donald Tusk joined other dignitaries for a remembrance ceremony at the Polish capital’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
In uptown Warsaw, and across the country, air sirens wailed as Poles came to a standstill in honour of the dead.
The 50,000-strong Polish resistance began their 63-day battle against their Nazi occupiers on August 1st, 1944.
At least 18,000 combatants died and as many as 200,000 civilians lost their lives in the fighting.
The Nazis then expelled the remaining 500,000 residents from the city before retreating.
Joseph Stalin’s Red Army was stationed just kilometres away at the time.
Stalin ordered his men to wait for the Nazis to massacre the Polish resistance before moving in to seize Warsaw on January 17, 1945.
Poland remembers Warsaw Uprising