General Tadeusz Bór-Komorowski's Warsaw Uprising armband sold at auction
On the 6 July 2011 the Warsaw Rising Museum (Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego) successfully purchased at auction an authenticated white-and-red armband. stamped 'WP' with a Polish eagle symbol, which was worn by General Tadeusz Bór-Komorowski's during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944.
General Bór-Komorowski (1895-1966) was commander of the Home Army (Armia Krajowa or "AK") during the 63 day uprising which claimed the lives of almost 16,000 members of the Polish resistance with about 6,000 badly wounded. In addition, between 150,000 and 200,000 civilians died, mostly from mass murders perpetrated by German and collaborationist troops fighting alongside the German forces.
The general's armband, a Polish national treasure, was offered for sale by Bamfords auctioneers of Derbyshire and were authenticated with two typed letters dated 1962, both signed by Bór-Komorowski.