Did You know that King Kong's producer Merian Cooper fought the battle of Warsaw August 15 1920

From late 1919 until the 1921 Treaty of Riga, Cooper was a member of a volunteer American flight squadron, the Kościuszko Squadron, which supported the Polish Army in the Polish-Soviet War.[6] On July 13, 1920, his plane was shot down and he spent nearly nine months in a Soviet prisoner of war camp[8] where the writer Isaac Babel interviewed him. He escaped just before the war was over and made it to Latvia. For his valor he was decorated by Polish commander-in-chief Józef Piłsudski with the highest Polish military decoration, the Virtuti Militari.

Cooper at the Latvian Border after escaping the Soviet POW camp
During his time as a POW, Cooper wrote an autobiography: Things Men Die For. The manuscript was published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in New York (the Knickerbocker Press) in 1927. However, in 1928 Cooper regretted releasing certain details about “Nina” (probably Małgorzata Słomczyńska) with whom he had had relations outside of wedlock. Cooper then asked Dagmar Matson, who had the manuscript, to buy all the copies of the book possible. Matson found almost all 5,000 copies that had been printed. The books were destroyed, while Cooper and Matson each kept a copy.

An interbellum Polish film directed by Leonard Buczkowski, Gwiaździsta eskadra (The Starry Squadron), was inspired by Cooper’s experiences as a Polish Air Force officer. The film was made with the cooperation of the Polish army and was the most expensive Polish film prior to World War II. After World War II, all copies of the film found in Poland were destroyed by the Soviets.

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One thought on “Did You know that King Kong's producer Merian Cooper fought the battle of Warsaw August 15 1920

  1. Mooooohamsalad September 12, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Ya know I like this channel, there is no reason it could not be at least as big as RT. Ur making some awfully basic mistakes. If I was into Japan I would be somewhat confused by an African doing stories on Japanese history. I mean maybe if I was an African in Africa and he was speaking my African language on an African tv station it would be different. Poland thank god is making it known that their is such a thing as a "Polish" people and this chap until the day he dies though he may be a Polish citizen will not be a pol. And I'm not saying can him but for anything that is intended for a non Polish audience use a pol. I'm Irish and I wouldn't watch an arab tell me about Irish history because it's not his history, it's my history. I guarantee you will see a bump in subs if you do this.

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