Historic Photographs

I recently obtained the following photographs of Medyka Station during the German occupation of Poland. They came from an  album  of a German soldier who was occupying the area eighty years ago. They were all taken from July to September 1941 (as marked on the reverse) The quality of the prints are far from perfect, but I have tried to enhance them. I have obtained several more photos that will be added here soon. 

A few of the original photos used on this page,most have details handwritten on the back

 

A Stamp on a parcel sent from Medyka in 1941 during the German occupation of Poland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then and now, Medyka Station in November 2020 and September 1941

 

 

 

 

Medyka Station in September 1941 showing shell damage. The angle is as the original photo

 

 

The badly Damaged Signal box at Medyka Station. The caption on the photo reads: Medyka Signal Box 2 and shows the date as July 4th

 

 

 

 

The second World War when Poland was occupied by Nazi Germany was not the only time Medyka Station was a victim of War. The following 3 photos show damage to the Station, during the conflict between Russian and Austrian-Hungarian forces, before Poland regained her independence in 1918. It appears that the Station suffered a direct hit from a shell. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

German soldiers and two Women pose for the photographer in the ruins of the Station in June 1915

 

 

 

 

 

November 2020 and September 1941

 

The Station building shows shell and machine gun damage, what possibly was sustained during Operation Barbarossa that was the German Invasion of Russia that started on the 22nd June 1941

Another view of the Station building showing damage from military action in the area

 

 

Staff and passengers on the platform inSeptember 1941

 

 

 

 

 

Another platform view

A mixed train at Medyka station in September 1941 possibly from Lemberg. One of the coaches appears to be that of the Deutsche Reichsbahn.

 

The same platform in November 2020

 

 

 

A Train in Medyka Station that has arrived from the direction of Lwow (Lemberg in German) It appears that the wagons are being used by troops with coaches for the Officers. The signal is also of note, as the X on it shows it is not in use. Note the signal box in the distance that has long since gone. Medyka at this time had two signal boxes. The photo was taken in September 1941

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A view from the rear of the station.The fields In the distance are now Ukraine.

 

A view of the Station from the international platform in August 2019

 

A typical house in the beautiful village of Medyka. Houses like this still exist today, including mine, which has been modenised and extended. This photo was taken in September 1941, during the German occupation of Poland.

 

Please contact us if you have any photographs of Medyka you would like to see published here. I am also willing to purchase any photos or negatives. I am particularly

Interested in any photos of trains in the station, as well as any track plans

Page updated 22nd November 2020 © Medyka Bahn