WWII Hero Dies Two Days After Walking Granddaughter Down The Aisle

A Polish war hero has completed his last mission - by walking his granddaughter down the aisle.

The groom fought back tears as he saw his bride walked to her wedding by her grandfather, before thanking him with two kisses on the cheek. The couple were then married at a ceremony in Bialystok, close to Poland's border with Belarus.

Two days later, Bronislaw Karwowski died at the age of 94. In the video of the wedding, it is clear that Karwowski is ill, but he struggles through to perform his duties one last time.

Bronislaw 'Grom' Karwowski proudly led his grandaughter, Joanna, into the church on her wedding day decked out in full military regalia, sporting his many medals.

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Credit: CEN

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Karwowski was one of the most decorated Polish veterans of World War II. He was part of the Polish resistance against Nazi rule and participated in the Warsaw Uprising.

After being captured, he escaped from the Gestapo headquarters in Lomza, in the north of Poland, but was arrested again.

He was also an opponent of the Communist government in Poland and was sentenced to a decade in prison for his efforts in resisting the authoritarian regime that followed the Second World War.

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Crdit: CEN

Karwowski was later given the Knight's Cross of the Order of the Rebirth of Poland for his services to the Polish nation.

On his death, the Polish National Armed Forces wrote a post on social media that announced his passing.

A statement read: "We regret to announce that today, on 1st September 2018, on the 79th anniversary of Germany's assault on Poland, the national hero and insurgent of the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, Major Bronislaw Karwowski retired to the eternal guard. He was 94 years old.
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Credit: CEN

"He was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of the Rebirth of Poland,the Silver Cross of Merit with Swords, the Cross of the National Armed Deed and many others."

Poland suffered greatly in the Second World War, losing an estimated 6 million people, by far the greatest number of deaths as a percentage of the population. It is estimated that almost 20 percent of all Poles died in the war.

Poland's armed forces reconstituted themselves when their country was invaded and went on to play a substantial role in the battle against the Nazis alongside the UK, US and Soviet Union.

The Warsaw Uprising of 1944, in which Branislaw Karwowski participated, was one of the most daring acts of resistance to the Nazis and saw almost 50,000 Polish fighters temporarily remove the Germans from parts of central Warsaw before it was crushed.

Mike Wood

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