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Polish soldiers exhibition arrives in Borders

Authentic Polish soldiers uniforms are on display Photo: ITV Border

An exhibition exploring the connection between Polish soldiers, the Scottish Borders and World War Two, has gone on display.

It features rare and previously unseen artefacts from soldiers of the first Polish Armoured Division, who were based in Duns, as well as stories about the struggle soldiers faced.

The exhibition, in Hawick museum, brings the struggle and plight of Polish war veterans to the Borders, a place which has very strong links to their famous Armoured division.

Some of the items on display include original soldiers uniformas, war memorabilia and war medals.

An original jacket and hat Credit: ITV Border

The exhibition was created by Sean Schmaltz, who's grandfather served in the Polish Army.

It includes tales from the war, including the story of a bear that was enlisted into the Polish Army, and was used during conflict to carry supplies. 'Wojtek' lived out his last days at Edinburgh zoo.

The story of Wojtek the bear can be viewed in the exhibition Credit: ITV Border