Katyn Forest Memorial, Melrose, Johannesburg

This memorial sits on top of a grassy rise in the James and Ethel Gray Park in Melrose, between the Glenhove and Atholl-Oaklands turns offs on the M1.

It commemorates the 14500 Polish prisoners of war that were massacred by Stalins assasins in 1940, as well as the Heroes of the Warsaw uprising, and the Polish Airmen who supported the home army, and the part played by members of the South African Air Force.

There are three plaques at the Memorial, each dedicated to a different group associated with the Polish Nation.

Warsaw Uprising and Polish Airmen

Warsaw Uprising and Polish Airmen

Katyn Forest

Katyn Forest

Warsaw Airlift and SAAF

Warsaw Airlift and SAAF

More information about the Katyn Forest massacre may be found at the relevant Wikipedia Page. The Memorial may be found at Google Earth Co-ordinates 26° 8.567’S, 28° 3.838’E.

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