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Please add new comments in new sections. Thanks in advance. Halibutt

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Translation of an article[edit]

[3] I'd really appreciate if you could translate this. I can vaguely understand the meaning behind the author's words w/ Google Translate, but not confidently. - New Age Retro Hippie (talk) (contributions) 00:34, 4 March 2014 (UTC)

re: K. Rudzki i S-ka[edit]

Certainly looks like a DYK material. Go ahead and nom it. I'd advice adding a ref to the last sentence, and to the name section. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 02:50, 8 April 2014 (UTC)

DYK nomination of K. Rudzki i S-ka[edit]

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QPQ for Cureton's Multanis[edit]

MY DYK nomination for 63 Cavalry has been idling awhile. I'm shifting the QPQ that I had done, Sue Nott, to this DYK nom and will do a fresh one for 63 Cav. AshLin (talk) 11:37, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

DYK for K. Rudzki i S-ka[edit]

slakrtalk / 17:50, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Polish bridge company?.... brilliant idea Victuallers (talk) 18:55, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

Image:Rzeczpospolita 1920.png[edit] (talk) 08:16, 14 April 2014 (UTC)
  Good day/night time!
    I found your map in Wikipedia with one mistake... There is no Viatka town in Central Russia (Kaluga region).It was small settlement of Piesochnia in 1920 at this place. An old town of Viatka (also named Kirov nowadays) is situated much to east - near Ural mountains. Best wishes!
   Доброе время суток!
   Случайно обнаружил Вашу карту .... но с одной небольшой ошибкой. Не существует города Вятки в Центральной России (Калужская область). В 1920 году на этом месте был посёлок Песочня. Старинный город Вятка (ныне также называемый Киров) находится гораздо восточнее - около Уральских гор.  Всего лучшего!
Александр. (talk) 08:16, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

K. Rudzki i S-ka[edit]


mam problem z tym zdaniem: "In the aftermath of the January Uprising Count Zamoyski, Konstanty Rudzki's benefactor, was exiled to France, and his riverine flotilla and the river shipyard were taken over by Maurycy Fajans[citation needed]. "

Znalazłem źródło nadające się do niego (tutaj), ale nie ma tam nic nt. Spółki Rudzkiego, ani giserni. Można to pośrednio powiązać poprzez Warsztaty Żeglugi Parowej Zamoyskiego, ale znów ta informacja nie jest w sumie na temat artykułu. No chyba że w kontekście następnego zdania, że Rudzki stracił głównego Klienta. Poza tym nie jest wprost powiedziane, że Fajans przejął Warsztaty Żeglugi Parowej, ale że nimi kierował od 1866, a potem kupił trzy statki. Co o tym wszystkim sądzisz? D kuba (talk) 10:03, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

no to mi bardzo nie pomogłeś:) chociaż masz rację, że bez Zamoyskiego pewnie nic by z tego nie było. Spróbuję przeredagować na, ale tłumaczenia na angielski się nie podejmę:) generalnie nie mam pojęcia o żegludze, na Twój art. natknąłem się w DYK i napisałem o tym w Ten Fajans po prostu dał mi do myślenia, bo nazwisko nie pojawia się w żadnym z podanych przez Ciebie źródle. A co do Lilpopa i spóły - widziałem - też w DYK, ale na jest już artykuł (nawet DA, choć ma luki w przypisach). Pozdrawiam, D kuba (talk) 11:53, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

1940 French Army of the Alps[edit]

Hey, I am canvassing active MILHIST members who have stated they are interested in French military history during the Second World War.

II am wondering if you can help, I am trying to improve the quality of the Italian invasion of France article. I have checked the limited sources I can access regarding the Army of the Alps, and nothing seems to add up. Some sources state that on 20 June, when the Italian main attack was launched against the Alpine Line, that the army had 3-4 divisions and others state it was as high as 7. Do you have any information that can clarify what the state of this army was?

Regards, EnigmaMcmxc (talk) 03:38, 10 May 2014 (UTC)

DYK for Lilpop, Rau i Loewenstein[edit]

Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 23:39, 13 May 2014 (UTC)

Zdjecia w wiki - pomoc[edit]

Hej, Halibucie, jestem Maur z forum paradoxu, nie wiem, czy pamietasz. W kazdym razie, chcialem prosic cie o rade/pomoc, bo mam zdjecie do uploadowania do wiki, a zasady praw autorskich wydaja mi sie bizantyjskie. Napisalbym lepiej maila, bo ten talk page jest dosc niezreczny, ale nie znalazlem kontaktu. Tomek M. K. (talk) 12:38, 14 July 2014 (UTC)


While I was editing Wikipedia, I went to get a drink of apple juice. At that moment one of my friends tried to edit Wikipedia, causing our misunderstanding. He's a novice editor himself, but he made a mistake. I'm so sorry that this happened.

Smokey2022 (talk) 20:39, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

DYK for Aerolot[edit]

 — Crisco 1492 (talk) 02:48, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

re: Battle of Warsaw (1831) on FAC[edit]

While I think you'll get some useful suggestions, I predict the article will fail on prose grounds. I cannot get my May Constitution of Poland to FA for 3 years now, despite several rounds of copyediting by native speakers. :( --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 00:35, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

Automotive industry in Poland[edit]

I started this article. If you could expand it over the next few days, we could DYK it? I am sure many more links can be added to the history section... Ping: User:Tymek, User:Volunteer Marek. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 04:52, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

Talk:Wikipedia Monument[edit]

You may want to comment there in semi-official capacity, perhaps :) --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 05:53, 14 October 2014 (UTC)

I was hoping to be there as a Junior Wrangler on behalf of the Teahouse (btw, the Teahouse now has the additional role of Teahouse Head in addition to Teahouse Guests, Teahouse Hosts, Teahouse Founder, Teahouse Maitre d', Teahouse Awesome Founder, all this in addition to my own humble role of Teahouse Junior Wrangler). Unfortunately it ended up not being practical at this late stage. I did learn that Ryanair provides way more flights to Poland than Easyjet does! Possibly I should have been investigating flights to eastern Germany from the start.
Perhaps there will be other opportunities though... inter alia, I'm sure Wikimania will return to eastern Europe sooner than most might think. --Demiurge1000 (talk) 21:17, 14 October 2014 (UTC)

bronislaw urbanski convert from english to polish wikipedia[edit]

Hi Halibutt I really dont know how to achieve this, can you help with copying my fathers Wikipedia page that is in english to the Polish Wikipedia as is?

Regards Peter Urbanski at — Preceding unsigned comment added by Youngbruno (talkcontribs) 22:08, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

Actually, if you can't find anything in the sources cited, would you be willing to file an AfD? DS (talk) 03:39, 23 October 2014 (UTC)
I hate losing contributors too, but if they're not being useful contributors, what's the loss. I take your point about waiting for him to clarify, though. Let's see what (if anything) he can tell us. DS (talk) 11:40, 23 October 2014 (UTC)

Hi Halibutt, please excuse me I dont know my way around Wikipedia, all I tried to do is place up years ago what I have found out about my father...but all with references, you may not find them but i have them. Also alot of people are hacking the page or they may call it cleaning it up but adding things without my permission and was tempted to restore it. Please note I do not understand what citation needed means, I never changed it like my relatives were Alfred Urbanski and Franciszek Urbanski one of the leaders of the Trial of Sixteen I have family photographs of him. Also papers from the U.S. Army, where it says citation for his POW number is from who is to challenge these?? I did say in the documents that he CHANGED his birthday and name to save himself often. In his birthday is out by days 1/10/1912 instead of 10/10/1912 as he knew there were around 19 other Bronislaw Urbanskis captured then. Also his video of capture then heading to Stalag VA is on youtube at 1:min into the video they pan up and down on him.

However things like the British Infrantry Division I never put there!

He was one of twelve bodyguards for general sikorski, using a "different" name as after stalag vb they placed him on a potato farm to feed the third reich, where he escaped and went to france onwards. We know precisely how and who killed the President General Wladyslaw Sikorski but it would be too damaging to put this there. And it goes on. This is not just guesswork I have materials that back all this, HOWEVER not what other people add to this. Yes I am his son. Peter — Preceding unsigned comment added by Youngbruno (talkcontribs) 05:03, 25 October 2014 (UTC)


Regarding your comment about Korea, you may want to see the new South Korea discussion/vote there. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 06:24, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

RE: Polish September Campaign Template[edit]

I added the Slovak invasion to the Battle of the Border section of the Invasion of Poland campaignbox (this seemed the best place for it since fighting was so minor it would not make sense to get its own entire separate section) and I had a few additional ideas about it that I wanted to run by you. First: given that the Soviets were not the main combatant against the Poles in Lwów (fighting from 12-22 September; Soviets do not invade until 17 September and do not arrive at Lwów until 19 September), I was thinking it should perhaps be added to the Southern Front section? Second, the Battle of Kock is in the Soviet invasion section even though there were no Soviets involved. However I am unsure where it should be placed (Southern Front?). What do you think? Capt Jim (talk) 17:15, 8 November 2014 (UTC)

I also added Raid on Fraustadt to the Battle of the Borders section.Capt Jim (talk) 17:35, 8 November 2014 (UTC)

Precious again[edit]

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Polish people and battles
Thank you for quality articles on Polish people like Witold Pilecki, on battles like the Battle of Radzymin (1920), on the Katyn massacre, and for "This user is a person, and nothing else matters." - you are an awesome Wikipedian!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:58, 11 December 2012 (UTC)

Two years ago, you were the 331st recipient of my PumpkinSky Prize, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:33, 11 December 2014 (UTC)

Seasonal Greets![edit]

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Hello Halibutt, may you be surrounded by peace, success and happiness on this seasonal occasion. Spread the WikiLove by wishing another user a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, whether it be someone you have had disagreements with in the past, a good friend, or just some random person. Sending you a heartfelt and warm greetings for Christmas and New Year 2015.
Happy editing,
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Nomination of Jerzy Nos for deletion[edit]

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Jerzy Nos is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

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A kitten for you![edit]


This wiki-kitten is here to say "Thank you for your continued efforts to make this project better". Like a kitten, Wikipedia may occasionally scratch and bite, or barf, but it is still worth it! Cheers,

Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 11:45, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp FAR[edit]

I have nominated Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp for a featured article review here. Please join the discussion on whether this article meets featured article criteria. Articles are typically reviewed for two weeks. If substantial concerns are not addressed during the review period, the article will be moved to the Featured Article Removal Candidates list for a further period, where editors may declare "Keep" or "Delist" the article's featured status. The instructions for the review process are here. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 22:12, 14 April 2015 (UTC)

I'm hoping for comments at WT:WikiProject_Military_history#Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp FAR. - Dank (push to talk) 16:12, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

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Back in 2005 you mentioned that: "As to the peasant party - the ZSL was but a facade party, a left-over after the once-mighty Polskie Stronnictwo Ludowe... in 1960's and 1970's, the ZSL was a party of intelligentsia rather than peasants as it was seen as a safe choice for those who had to be members of the party and did not want to join the PUWP (such was the case of my grandpa, a University professor)."

Out of curiosity, what exactly did the ZSL do in the 1950s-80s? I know they had their own newspapers (notably Wieś Współczesna), party congresses, representation in local and national government and whatnot. --Ismail (talk) 08:05, 4 July 2015 (UTC)

Thank you for your detailed reply. --Ismail (talk) 23:40, 4 July 2015 (UTC)

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Private agriculture in Poland[edit]

One more question, it was claimed back in the day that Poland's private agriculture was less efficient than the collective agriculture which existed in other Eastern European countries, and that it accounted in large part for the especially poor food supply situation in urban areas. I will quote from one book, Class Struggle in Socialist Poland by Albert Szymanski, 1984, pp. 74-75:

"Over time, the average size of farms has become smaller in contrast with virtually all other industrial countries. By 1968 only 10 percent of all farms had over 10 hectares... The average size of the 3.4 million private farms in 1970 was about 5 hectares (12 acres). In 1981 it was estimated at only seven acres (New York Times, October 10, 1981). The trend towards smaller farms in Poland only aggravates the problems of inefficient cultivation and makes it all the more difficult to introduce modern technology (see U.S. Army, 1973:236).

The inefficiency of Polish agriculture is manifested by the fact that as late as 1979, it still took approximately one peasant to feed two urban dwellers, compared with the United States, where one farmer fed 50 people, or East Germany and Czechoslovakia, where one farmer fed 10 people... The backwardness of Polish agriculture is also revealed in the trends in agricultural production. Taking 1961-65 as the base, gross agricultural production in Poland had increased by 38 percent in 1976, compared with 51 percent in Yugoslavia (which had relatively little state subsidy of its private agriculture) and 91 percent in Romania, 56 percent in Bulgaria, and 40 percent in Hungary—all of which had collectivized agriculture (Simon and Kanet, 1981:286)."

The two sources he references here are:

  • U.S. Army. 1973. Area Handbook for Poland. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office.
  • Simon, Maurice and Roger Kanet. 1981. Background to Crisis: Policy and Politics in Gierek's Poland. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press.

He also claims that state subsidizing of private agriculture to maintain the loyalty of the peasants and prevent the emergence of large-scale private farming on the basis of richer farmers buying the land of poorer farmers further contributed to the country's financial problems. I'm just wondering how true all this is since I recall you claiming that Polish private agriculture was actually more efficient. --Ismail (talk) 23:22, 17 July 2015 (UTC)

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