Uniform patch with a Polish eagle issued to Dr. Edmund Lusthaus when he served in the 2nd Polish Corps from 1941-1945. When Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, Lusthaus was drafted into the Polish Army. Seventeen days later, the Soviet army invaded from the east. Lusthaus was captured and transported to a camp for Polish prisoners of war in Novosibirsk, Siberia, where he served as a physician. When Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941, the Russians released the Polish prisoners of war to join the fighting. Lusthaus joined Anders Army, under the command of the Polish General Wladyslaw Anders. This army, the Polish Armed Forces in the Soviet Union, was the Polish army-in-exile organized in 1941-42. It later became a unit in the British Armed Forces, the 2nd Polish Corps. Lusthaus served throughout the Middle East, including Iran, Iraq, Palestine, and Egypt. He was in Italy when the war ended and was able to locate and bring his wife and daughter, who had lived through the war in Poland with false identities, to join him in to Ancona.