Berbecki, Peter Leon, born 28-07-1875 Kalinowszczyzna (now the district of Lublin), Russian Empireon on a farm, was one of four children. After graduating from grammar school, Berbecki enlisted in the army in 1891.
After a short stint as an enlisted man in the 44th Infantry Regiment,
Berbecki was sent to a Junkers military school, returning to his regiment in 1893. After serving as a junior officer, including a stint as quartermaster of his regiment, he left the army in 1901 to study at the Kharkiv Institute of Technology.
In early 1903, he was drafted into the Imperial Russian Army
as an officer. He later joined the Polish Legions during World War I (commander of a regiment, battalion, member of headquarters), distinguishing himself in the Battle of Raśna in 1915. After the Oath crisis in 1917, he headed the Polish Auxiliary Corps and was the training inspector of the Polnische Wehrmacht. After Poland regained its independence in 1918, he joined the Polish Army as a major, here second from left. . Promoted to General in June of that year, Berbecki fought in the Polish-Ukrainian War and Polish-Soviet War, commanding the 3rd Polish Legions Division. During the interwar period, he held various functions in the Polish Army and retired in March 1939.
Berbecki with left General Brigadir.Józef Zając and right General Jan Jagmin-Sadowski. General Brigadir.Józef Zając after the war in 1948 went to Canada where he died in Ottawa after a few days of illness on 12-12-1963, age 72 and he was buried at Notre Dâme Cemetery. He was married to Janina born Szymańscy, had a son Jan and a daughter Barbara. General Brigadir.Józef Zając died age 85 on 05-10-1977, in Warschau
He did not participate in the Polish September Campaign that marked the start of World War II but was arrested by Nazi Germany and interned along with other Polish officers. He returned to Poland in 1945, and published his memoirs “Pamiętnik Generała broni” (Memoires of a General) in 1959.
Death and burial ground of Berbecki, Peter Leon..
Peter Leon Berbecki, died 23-03-1963, aged 87, in Gliwice, Poland and is buried at the Central Cemetery at Kozielska street, Gliwice. (Cmentarz Centralny, ul. Kozielska.)
Section B 6. My Czech friend Radek Hroch visited the cemetery and he sent me the grave photo’s.