1944... August...Day 31. E 6.01 W 19.43. 21°C Cloudy. Vistula 70cm. Thursday 31st...Rajmund Bohdan...(Rajmundo Bohdana) On the night of August 30-31, insurgents conduct a major effort to connect Srodmiecie with the Old Town.. A few hours before the actual attacks, about 100 soldiers from "Czata 49" Battalion move through sewers to Bankowa Square. Their role is to attack German positions from the rear. However, they fail to surprise them and losses to attacking Polish troops are very large indeed. In fact, the attack from Bielanska street jumps between 3 and 4 am. Heavy German fire breaks it down. By 6 am, Colonel Karol Ziemski "Wachnowski" will order a retreat. The central city troops of Major Stanislaw Steczkowski "Zagonczyk" also fail to reach Bankowa Square. Success is sparse, with the seizures of the Police barracks at Warmia street for a few hours, and driving the Germans out of the Hall of Mirowski. A German counter-attack forces them to retreat as well. The breakthrough attempt collapses. Losses are huge, with the number of killed and injured reaching around 300 soldiers. Apart from the attack on Gdansk Station, this is the second bloodiest battle of the Uprising. During the day, Old Town defenders repel a general assault that is supported by Luftwaffe attacks. As a result of the bombing, Battalion "Chobry I" suffers heavily. It's HQ in the ruins of Simon's Passage is completely destroyed. About 300 people die under the rubble, including 120 soldiers from "Chobry I". German troops finally occupy the ruined "Fiat" factory at Sapiezynska street, and all the way to Koscielna and the Freta Outlet. Insurgents are also lost on Brzozowa street. From the morning, artillery fire against Sadyba has been taking place from several sources - Wilanow, Ursynow and Sluzewiec. Around noon, the Sadyba defenders repel a German assault, despite the artillery preparation fire.