Gwardia Ludowa

  • Polish Peoples Army
  • Polska Armia Ludowa
  • GL
  • PAL
Type of Entity
Corporate Body

Dates of Existence

Founded in 1943-04


The Gwardia Ludowa is a Polish communist underground organization, established in 1943-04 under Soviet sponsorship. This group, also known as the Polish Peoples Army, welcomed Jews into their ranks. An estimated 1,700 Jews were killed fighting for the Gwardia Ludowa. This army supplied small arms to the Żydowska Organizacja Bojowa (Jewish Fighting Organization), during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The GL never integrated with the Armia Krajowa.


  • Founded and active in Poland.


  • Dictionary of the Holocaust : Biography, geography, and terminology / E.J. Epstein and P. Rosen. – Westport, 1997. – p. 116 The Civilian Population and the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 / J.K.M. Hanson. - Cambridge, 1982. - p. 70