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Batalion Parasol (Umbrella)
Warsaw Uprising - Soldiers from Parasol on Warecka Street.jpg

Soldiers of "Parasol" battalion after coming out of sewers at Warecka Street (North Śródmieście district). Center: Maria Stypułkowska-Chojecka "Kama", right: Krzysztof Palester "Krzych".
Active 1944
Allegiance Flaga PPP.svg Polish Underground
Branch Armia Krajowa (Home Army)
Type Underground and urban warfare
Engagements Warsaw Uprising
Commanders
Current
commander
Józef Szczepański
Insignia
Emblem BatalionParasol.svg

Batalion Parasol (Umbrella) was a Scouting battalion of the Armia Krajowa, the primary Polish resistance movement in World War II. It consisted mainly of members of the Szare Szeregi, distinguishing itself in many underground operations, and in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944.

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It was first organized as "Agat" ("Anti-Gestapo") unit by Adam Borys "Pług", a Cichociemni elite soldier parachuted from England, in fall 1943. Due to arrest of Tadeusz Kostrzewski "Niemira" on 2nd January 1944 it changed its name to "Pegaz" ("Przeciw Gestapo - Against the Gestapo"), and after another arrest it was reorganized as "Parasol" (umbrella) battalion. The last name referred to a parachute, as the unit was intended to join Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade in free Poland.

Józef Szczepański, a poet, was the notable commander of this unit. The poet Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński fought in its ranks and was killed in action by a German sniper in the first few days of the Warsaw Uprising.

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Losses during the Warsaw Uprising

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