The 1st Independent Polish Parachute Brigade

(1 Samodzielna Brygada Spadochronowa)

Ship No 4 (Wave 2)


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It was one of the official ships (unofficial flotillas of fishing boats were also involved) organised by Stalin in 1942 at Krasnovodsk (Russian: Красноводск) (Modern day Türkmenbaşy) to transport Polish exiles (also mistakenly called "deportees") who had been held captive in Siberia/Kazakhstan labour camps over the Caspian Sea to Pahlevi (Pahlavi) now called Banzar-e Anzali which is in modern day Northwest Iran.

Ship Movements

From passenger testimonies & any other available data this is a "best educated guess" of the ships movements.

  • Embark: 1942 | Time:
  • Depart: 1942 | Time:
  • Arrive: 12/08/42 (Ross Report) | Time:

Extract From "The Ross Report"

According to the Ross Report, here is who was on this ship;

Date Civilians Soldiers Others Total

Related Accounts

  • Iran under allied occupation in world war II: The bridge to victory & Land - Mohammed Gholi Majd Page 218 ( Link to online book  - "The second mass exodus of Polish soldiers and civilians is finally under way. The first ship with about 3000 persons arrived in Pahlevi harbor at about 1:20am August 12. Colonel Drummond, British medical officer in charge of this area, arrived from Pahlevi yesterday, reporting that the physical condition of both troops and civilians was bad, four persons suffering from night blindness, all weak, thin, and clad in filthy clothes...the civilians accompanying the troops are in the main relatives" (Editors Note: He reports the first ship arriving on 12/08/42, however the Ross report puts this as 10/08/42.)