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Seventy-five years ago, on January 7, 1949, Warsaw bore witness to the tragic end of Lieutenant Jan Rodowicz, codenamed “Anoda.” A valiant soldier in the Gray Ranks, he played a pivotal role in the “Arsenal Action” and bore witness to the death of Tadeusz Zawadzki “Zośka” during the Warsaw Uprising.
Arsenal Action and Recognition
Born on March 7, 1923, Rodowicz joined the Gray Ranks in 1939, engaging in acts of sabotage against the Nazi occupation. Notably, he led the “Bottle” section in the iconic Arsenal Action, earning the Cross of Valor.
Rodowicz’s leadership during the “Arsenal Action” showcased his bravery, earning him the Cross of Valor in 1943. His role in the Warsaw Uprising further solidified his commitment to the fight against oppression.
Post-War Struggles and Legacy
Surviving the war, Anoda continued the resistance against the communist regime, documenting the history of the Zośka Battalion. His tragic end remains a symbol of the challenges faced by those who dared to oppose tyranny.