District hospital of the Brest Fortress. Photo, the 1920s-1930s.
District hospital of the Brest Fortress. Photo, the 1920s-1930s.
Konstanty Plisowski (1890-1940)
Konstanty Plisowski (1890-1940)

In September, 1939 – brigade general, was in charge of the Brest Fortress’ defence during the 14th-17th of September, 1939. Photo, 1939.

Garrison Catholic Church of the Brest Fortress. Photo, the 1930s.
Garrison Catholic Church of the Brest Fortress. Photo, the 1930s.
General Heinz Guderian and brigade commander S.M. Krivoshein in Brest. September 22, 1939.
General Heinz Guderian and brigade commander S.M. Krivoshein in Brest. September 22, 1939.

Heinz Guderian (1888-1954) – Wehrmacht general, a participant in World War I and II. In 1939, the commander of the XIX Army Corps, in 1941, the commander of the 2nd Panzer Division (Panzergruppe 2), participated in the assault of the Fortress.

General Heinz Guderian and brigade commander S.M. Krivoshein in Brest. September 22, 1939.
General Heinz Guderian and brigade commander S.M. Krivoshein in Brest. September 22, 1939.

Semyon Moiseevich Krivoshein (1899-1978). In 1939-1940, the commander of the 29th Light Tank Brigade, which participated in the mission, liberating Western Byelorussia. In 1944, he took part in the liberation of Brest. Hero of the Soviet Union (1945).

Kombrig S.M. Krivoshein among Wehrmacht servicemen. Brest, 1939.
Kombrig S.M. Krivoshein among Wehrmacht servicemen. Brest, 1939.
Polish medal «For Participation in the Defence War 1939» («Za Udzial w Wojnie Obronnej 1939») (obverse).
Polish medal «For Participation in the Defence War 1939» («Za Udzial w Wojnie Obronnej 1939») (obverse).

Was instituted by Polish Seim in 1981. Was given to the participants of the defence war of 1939 in Poland.

Polish medal «For Participation in the Defence War 1939» («Za Udzial w Wojnie Obronnej 1939») (obverse).
Polish medal «For Participation in the Defence War 1939» («Za Udzial w Wojnie Obronnej 1939») (obverse).

Was instituted by Polish Seim in 1981. Was given to the participants of the defence war of 1939 in Poland.

Byelorussian people meet Red Army participants of the liberation mission in Western Byelorussia. Photo, 1939.
Byelorussian people meet Red Army participants of the liberation mission in Western Byelorussia. Photo, 1939.
The joint German-Soviet parade in Brest. September 22, 1939.
The joint German-Soviet parade in Brest. September 22, 1939.
The joint German-Soviet parade in Brest. September 22, 1939.
The joint German-Soviet parade in Brest. September 22, 1939.
Rectory (Catholic priest's house) next to the Garrison Catholic Church of the Brest Fortress. Photo, the 1930s.
Rectory (Catholic priest's house) next to the Garrison Catholic Church of the Brest Fortress. Photo, the 1930s.
Wianki, summer solstice holiday. The Citadel. Photo, the 1930s.
Wianki, summer solstice holiday. The Citadel. Photo, the 1930s.
Wianki, summer solstice holiday. The Citadel. Photo, the 1930s.
Wianki, summer solstice holiday. The Citadel. Photo, the 1930s.
Wianki, summer solstice holiday. The Citadel. Photo, the 1930s.
Wianki, summer solstice holiday. The Citadel. Photo, the 1930s.
Polish soldiers at tactical exercises.
Polish soldiers at tactical exercises.
The quay at the Terespol Gate. Photo, the 1930s.
The quay at the Terespol Gate. Photo, the 1930s.
The quay at the Terespol Gate. Photo, the 1930s.
The quay at the Terespol Gate. Photo, the 1930s.
Wacław Radziszewski (1894-1940)
Wacław Radziszewski (1894-1940)

In September, 1939 – captain, commander of the draft battalion of the 82nd infantry regiment, was in charge of the last group of Polish Army soldiers, defending the Kobrin Fortification. Died in Katyn (Smolensk region). Photo, 1939.

Reno FT-17 light tanks in the Brest Fortress. September, 1939.
Reno FT-17 light tanks in the Brest Fortress. September, 1939.
The Terespol Gate. Photo, 1939.
The Terespol Gate. Photo, 1939.
The Triple-Arched Gate. Photo, the 1930s.
The Triple-Arched Gate. Photo, the 1930s.
Kholm Gate. Photo, the 1920s.
Kholm Gate. Photo, the 1920s.
The Polish Army headquarters of the IX military district. The Citadel of the Brest Fortress. Photo, 1929.
The Polish Army headquarters of the IX military district. The Citadel of the Brest Fortress. Photo, 1929.