Tadeusz Kutrzeba

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Tadeusz Kutrzeba
Tadeusz Kutrzeba.jpg
Born (1885-04-15)15 April 1885
Died 8 January 1947(1947-01-08) (aged 61)
Allegiance Flag of Austria-Hungary (1869-1918).svg Austria-Hungary
Flag of Poland.svg Poland
Service/branch Imperial Coat of Arms of the Empire of Austria.svg Austro-Hungarian Army
Orzełek legionowy.svg Polish Legions
Orzełek II RP.svg Polish Army
Rank General (Divisional General)

Tadeusz Kutrzeba (15 April 1885 - 8 January 1947) was an army general of the Second Polish Republic. He was the Captain of the General Staff of the Imperial and Royal Army of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Divisional General of the Polish Army and the commander of Army Poznań during the defensive war of 1939.[1]


Kutrzeba was born in Kraków, then part of Austria-Hungary. In 1906 he graduated with distinction from the Military Technical Academy (Wojskowa Akademia Techniczna) in Mödling and was enlisted as Second Lieutenant in a minesweeping unit.

General Kutrzeba shortly before signing the capitulation of Warsaw in 1939

During the Invasion of Poland in 1939 he commanded the Poznań Army composed of four infantry divisions (14, 17, 25, 26) and two cavalry brigades (Wielkopolska and Podolska). He devised the Polish counterattack plan of the battle of Bzura and commanded the Poznan and Pomorze Armies during the battle. After the siege of Warsaw he was captured by the Germans and spent the rest of the war in several prisoner of war camps: Hohenstein, Königstein and Oflag VII-A Murnau.

After World War II he became chairman of the September Campaign Historical Committee in London. He was struck with cancer and died in London on 8 January 1947.

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