Henryk Toruńczyk

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Col. Henryk Torunczyk, born in Włocławek, (1909–1966) was a Polish soldier. He later volunteered to fight with the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War. He was sometime commander of the Naftali Botwin Company; Chief of Staff[1] of XIII International Brigade and leader of an International Unit[2] formed in January 1939 from a rump of Brigade veterans who remained in Spain after demoblisation.[3] They crossed the border in Spain on about 9 January 1939[4] He later became a partisan.[5] Since 1943 he was surveyor of forming Samodzielny Batalion Szturmowy.[6]

He is also called: Henrik Torunczyk and Henrik Tourunczyk.

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  1. ^ (in Spanish) Order of Battle site
  2. ^ "A ghost brigade ... [it] soon fell apart" Eby, Comrades and Commissars, p 415.
  3. ^ Thomas, The Spanish Civil War, p 855
  4. ^ Beevor, The Spanish Civil War, p855.
  5. ^ AJEX: Jews in the Spanish Civil War
  6. ^ Ryszard Terlecki, Miecz i tarcza komunizmu. Historia aparatu bezpieczeństwa w Polsce 1944-1990, Kraków 2007, s. 10.