Zefiryn Machalla

Military Person

1915 – 1952


Who was Zefiryn Machalla?

Zefiryn Machalla, was a major of the Polish Army and participant of the Polish September Campaign. In the interbellum period, his talent was highly praised by the Polish Army Headquarters, for his outstanding bravery, Machalla was nominated for the Virtuti Militari cross.

In late 1939, after Polish defeat, Machalla was captured by the NKVD and sent to Siberia. Two years later, he managed to reach the Anders Army and then, together with the whole army, fought the Germans in Italy.

After World War II, Machalla, unlike most of his fellow soldiers, decided to return to the communist-controlled Poland. In late 1940s he was sentenced to death for alleged spying by communist court. He was not allowed to have a lawyer and was executed on January 10, 1952. His wife found out about the execution a few years later.

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Aug 1, 1915
Jan 10, 1952

on July 23, 2013


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