The Military History Society of New South Wales Incorporated presents


A conversation with Les Gade

My role as a Polish youth in the revolt against German occupation


For nine year old Les (Lech) Gade, the German occupation of Warsaw, his native city, in September 1939 unleashed an ordeal resulting in destruction of his home, death of his parents, separation from his sisters, and progression from the secret Polish boy scouts to death-defying service as a runner for the underground Polish Home Army’s commander of the Warsaw region during the brave but doomed uprising of 1 August to 2 October 1944.

He then spent time in a series of prison camps across Germany before liberation in 1945 and his arrival in Australia as a displaced person in 1949.

In conversation with our editor John Muscat, Les will range over the historical, military and personal sides of these dramatic events as well as the fascinating wartime documents he has retained. For those interested in some advance reading, Les’s story appeared in the Autumn 2018 issue of Reconnaissance and was subsequently posted on the Society’s blog at this link:

Les served in the Australian Army Reserve between 1958 and 1963 and has been a longtime member of the Military History Society of New South Wales.

Les Gade

Saturday 8 February 2020, 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Goulburn Room, Level 4, City of Sydney RSL, 561-567 George Street, Sydney

For further information call 0419 698 783 or email

Although entry is free, a gold coin donation is appreciated.

NB: This lecture in taking place on the second Saturday of February to accommodate some members who will be overseas until then. The subsequent lecture program as of March will return to the usual routine of first Saturday of each month.



Flyer – Les Gade