Cichociemni were elite special-operations paratroops of the Polish Army in exile, created in Great Britain during World War II to operate in occupied Poland.
Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the first airdrop of Cichociemni to fight in the occupied Poland, the Sejm of the Republic of Poland adopted a resolution that the year 2016 will be the year of Cichociemni and to mark this event Poland Post released original historically themed stamp that StampNews.com is glad to introduce to our readers' attention.
Cichociemni were the elite of the Polish Armed Forces. Cichociemni translates to 'Silent and Unseen' in English. In Polish, this word means 'the quiet and the dark ones', as they would always appear quietly and disappear in darkness. In the morning you could not find any trace of their camps.
The Cichociemni were trained to be the leaders of the Polish underground domestic Army called AK. Some of them were specialized in sabotage and guerrilla tactics, others were experts in communication and the rest supplemented intelligence. They were often referred to as the Polish SOE (Special Operations Executive).
The Cichociemni were carefully selected from 2613 volunteers. The training was successfully completed by only 606 of them and as few as 316 were actually dropped on Poland.