Private Warsaw Tour: World War II Polish resistance General 'Bor' Komorowski, commander of the Polish Underground Home Army (Armia Krajowa, AK), set the beginning of the uprising in Warsaw against the German occupying forces at 'W-hour' on August 1, 1944. By 1944 with the tide of war turning, and their resources and morale seemingly in disarray, German forces had begun a strategic retreat from Warsaw. The Home Army (Poland's wartime underground movement) launched a military strike with the aim of liberating Warsaw from the occupation and installing an independent government. The battle lasted 63 days and cost the lives of over 20,000 troops and some 150,000 civilians. With the uprising defeated, Hitler ordered all remaining civilians to be expelled, and surviving buildings to be numbered in their order of importance to Polish culture and systematically dynamited. The darkest chapter of Warsaw's history had been written. On the 60th anniversary of this event (1st of August 2004) the Museum of Warsaw Uprising opened. Tour Duration: 5 hours ROUTE: District of Wola civilians slaughter, Old and New Towns area of fighting, Monument to Warsaw Uprising, memorial sites, sewage transportation system, Vistula river bank battle, Military cemetery. Optional: Museum of Warsaw Uprising (individual visit, guided visit possible - must be booked in advance) - more time required (Museum is not available on Tuesdays). - Museum of Warsaw Uprising entrance fee (5 $ per person) - for larger groups entrance must be booked in advance (please contact for details). Optional - guide in Warsaw Uprising Museum (30 $ per tour - must be booked in advance) or audio-guide (4 $ per person).