PPA Peniakoff, Vladimir (Popski)

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  • SURNAME
Peniakoff
  • FORENAME
Vladimir (Popski)
  • UNIT
PPA HQ (CO)
  • RANK
Major
  • NUMBER
159661
  • AWARD
D.S.O.,M.C.,Croix de Guerre(Belgium)
  • PLACE
Italy 1944 (DSO) North Africa 1942 (MC)
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
parent unit General List (formerly 2 Bn Libyan Arab Force and LRDG)
born 30.3.1897 Huy,Belgium
resided 31 Cliveden Place,London SW1 1951 (Tel.Sloane 5844)
son of Dimitri and Anna (nee Braun) Peniakoff (married 2.3.1983 Odessa,Russia)
his father was born 4.7.1866 Jekaterioslav,Russia,died 1925 Lausanne,Switzerland
educated St John's College,Cambridge (F.R.G.S.)
served with French Army in WW1 (gunner)
enlisted 6.10.1910 Cairo
engineer in civilian life
sugar manufacturer in Egypt 1924
commissioned General List (2Lt) 6.10.1940
Libyan Arab Force October 1940
founded unit 23.11.1942
wounded on raid to Barce,N.Africa Sep.1942
wounded Italy 11.12.1944
PPA disbanded 14.9.1945 became Liaison Officer between Russians and British in Vienna as Lieutenant Colonel
Officier de l'ordre de la Couronne avec Palme (Bel) 1947
Croix de Guerre 1940 avec Palme 1947 (Bel)
author "Private Army" 1950
"No other like him,a man totally without fear"(PPA members)
married Josette Ceysens (2 daughters) (dissolved)
married Pamela Firth 1948
died 15.5.1951 London
buried Wixoe Churchyard,Suffolk
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Citation
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Military Cross :

Croix de Guerre :
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