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Jak rozpetalem druga wojne swiatowa (1970)

The adventures of unlucky Polish soldier Franek Dolas during world war II. In September he escapes from Stalag and goes to France. After that he fights in Africa and Europe.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marian Kociniak ... Pvt. Franek Dolas
Janina Boronska Janina Boronska ... Elzbieta
Adam Cyprian Adam Cyprian ... Gulke
Wirgiliusz Gryn ... Józek Kryska
Zdzislaw Kuzniar ... Dimo Stojadinovic
Józef Lodynski ... Stoker
Jaroslaw Skulski Jaroslaw Skulski ... Colonel
Tomasz Zaliwski ... Yugoslavian Officer
Elzbieta Starostecka ... Singer
Andrzej Gawronski Andrzej Gawronski ... Helmut
Emil Karewicz ... Gestapo Officer
Henryk Lapinski Henryk Lapinski ... Wladyslaw Wachocki
Stanislaw Milski ... German General
Kazimierz Talarczyk Kazimierz Talarczyk ... Woydyllo
Janusz Ziejewski Janusz Ziejewski ... Feldfebel


The adventures of unlucky Polish soldier Franek Dolas, who is convinced, that he caused the World War II with his accidental shot. He escapes from a prisoner camp, then he travels around Nazi-occupied Europe and northern Africa in attempts of getting to the Polish Army in exile to fight the enemy. Finally, he gets to Poland in time to accidentally become a war hero. Written by Pibwl

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Comedy | War





Release Date:

2 April 1970 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

How I Unleashed World War II See more »

Filming Locations:

Baku, Azerbaijan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

PRF "Zespol Filmowy" See more »
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Technical Specs


(3 parts)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film is inspired by fates of many Polish soldiers, who tried to flee from occupied Poland to Polish Army in exile, created in France, and then Great Britain. Because direct routes were soon cut off, many of them had to travel through Balkan countries, Middle East and northern Africa. See more »


In part three, Private Dolas finds himself on a minefield. He throws a stick behind him, but a mine explodes in other place. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also shown in computer colorized version. This version was prepared by "Dynacs Digital" and has never been released theatrically. It was first shown by TV Polsat. See more »


Referenced in Rozstrel: Jirí Krampol (2018) See more »

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Polish classic World War II comedy
13 January 2018 | by pibwlSee all my reviews

The film is one of classic Polish comedies, often aired in Polish TV, and I like it quite much. The main hero is a Polish soldier Private Franek Dolas, a charming wangler, who is convinced, that he had started World War Two by his accidental shot (it is a bravura life role of Marian Kociniak). He escapes from a POW camp, and then desperately tries to join the Polish Army, organized in Great Britain. The film is quite long, being a three-part trilogy, but we follow adventures of Private Dolas from 1 September 1939 towards the end of the war, across Nazi occupied Europe, Middle East and North Africa. And there is also a romance plot in last part.

The whole story is inspired by fates and stories of many Polish soldiers, who escaped from occupied country and got to French or British allies to continue fighting, which was truly a difficult task during the war, in a lack of common borders. Many of them found themselves eventually in North Africa, where Polish units fought on British side in 1941-1942 against Germans and Italians. One patrol even captured Italian military bordello indeed...

Since Franek Dolas travels through different countries, a humour mainly explores national stereotypes and cultural clashes, but in rather gentle and non-derogatory way. So, the Germans are unable to write down an overcomplicated Polish name (Brzeczyszczykiewicz), the Yugoslavians are hospitable, while the British are stiff and care about nothing during a tea time (it also was an experience of Polish soldiers). On the other hand, Poles, personalized by the main hero, are reckless and always get into trouble. In fact, Private Dolas succeeds in many things only by accident. French captain is always drunk and wants to fight for Marshall Petain - but on the other hand, his soldiers join the Free French to continue fighting. The Italians try to surrender, or they fight only for their women - but we also see brave Italian commandos. A great and remarkable thing in this film is, that all characters speak their own languages, what makes language barriers obvious, and increases reality feeling.

The film was made as black and white, but gained much thanks to a digital colorization.

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