The 1st Independent Polish Parachute Brigade

(1 Samodzielna Brygada Spadochronowa)

Fund For Poles
Fighting In Poland

Although the pay for being a parachutist with the 1st Independent Polish Parachute Brigade was better than other posts in the army, the Polish men did not keep this to themselves.

Instead, they all contributed 20% of the pay to something called the "Fund For Poles Fighting In Poland". This money was used to provide necessary items to the Poles still fighting from inside Poland.

General Sosabowski initiated this when he issued a Special Order on 29th March 1943:

"I have ordered payment of the current and outstanding parachute supplement. I wish to state, on this occasion, that we did not join the parachute brigade and go through all the necessary training for the purpose of this supplement.

In fact, most of us completed the training before there was a possibility of getting this supplement." In total, this fund raised over £5500 in donations from the 1st Independent Polish Parachute Brigade.