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    Continuing the Legacy: Territorial Defense Forces Uphold Home Army Tradition

    Eighty-two years have passed since the tumultuous era of World War II bore witness to a defining moment in Polish history: the establishment of the Home Army. Today, on this very date, the Territorial Defense Forces proudly carry forward the mantle of this esteemed institution, reaffirming their dedication to its enduring legacy.

    In the annals of history, February 14, 1942, stands out as a pivotal juncture. It was on this day that General Władysław Sikorski, serving as both Prime Minister and Commander-in-Chief, issued a decree that reverberated across Poland: the Union of Armed Struggle was reborn as the Home Army. This transformation encapsulated Poland’s unwavering resistance against occupying forces, with the very name “Home Army” echoing the nation’s steadfast resolve to resist subjugation.

    The Home Army, with a membership of 300,000 to 380,000, symbolized defiance and resilience. As time passes, the ranks thin, bidding farewell to cherished heroes. Yet, the Territorial Defense Forces carry on their spirit, commemorating their triumphs and sacrifices. Decades ago, the Home Army defended the homeland; now, it’s the Territorials’ duty to honour their legacy through acts of support and compassion, ensuring their valour is never forgotten.

    The Territorial Defense Forces’ symbolism, rooted in the Home Army’s traditions, is highly meaningful. The iconic “Anchor,” symbolizing both the Territorials and Poland’s wartime struggle, consists of intertwined “P” and “W” letters. The “P” signifies Poland, while the “W” arms represent the fight (walka in Polish). Additionally, the “Anchor” symbolizes hope for independence.

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