First to Fight: Poland’s Contribution to the Allied Victory in WWII by Dr. Marek Stella-Sawicki, Jarek Garlinski & Stefan Mucha newly listed for sale on the fantastic BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: Polish Ex-Combatants Association of Great Britain, 2009, Paperback.
Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;
From the cover: Polands contribution to the defeat of Germany as part of the Allied Forces is well-known. As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the start of WW2 on the 1st September 1939, when Nazi Germany attacked and 17 days later Soviet Russia invaded Poland from the East, it is important to remember the sacrifice, on many fronts, of Polish soldiers, sailors, airmen and resistance fighters.
With Polands territory overrun, Polish Forces escaped to join their Allies in France until the signing of the Armistice. Later, as part of the Allied Forces, they fought in Norway, Italy, North Africa and also took part in the Battle of Britain, the Normandy Landings, the Battle of the North Atlantic.
As the war came to an end, the Allies met at the Teheran and Yalta conferences where they took the unfortunate decision to appease Stalin at the expense of Polands freedom. Half of Polands pre-war territory was then ceded to Russia against the Polish Governments wishes.
Consequently, many Polish soldiers of the 4th largest allied army, despite winning the war, lost their homeland and found themselves unable to return home and, despite the promise of democratic free elections, the country remained under the yoke of communism.
In 2009, there are few Polish veterans left; however, their children and grandchildren live to tell the tale of their bravery. This book contains both historical facts and personal memories of their experiences written by veterans and their children.
Introduction by: HRH The Duke of Kent
Very Good. Previous owners’ inscription to the title page. Includes a laid in leaflet from Poland Street.
[XVII] 277 pages. 9½” x 6½”.
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