Britain and Poland 1939-1943: The Betrayed Ally by Anita J. Prazmowska

By Anita J. Prazmowska

British-Polish kinfolk through the moment global battle have been dogged by way of the truth that Polish calls for at the Soviet Union threatened Soviet family with Britain and the USA, and Soviet participation within the battle. during this publication Anita Prazmowska relates British rules and war-time technique to Polish expectancies and guidelines. She describes a sad scenario the place Polish squaddies have been trapped among the unrealistic plans in their govt and the cruel realities of a struggle that they fought for Britain without prospect of a passable end result for them or their kingdom.

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By Anita J. Prazmowska

British-Polish kinfolk through the moment global battle have been dogged by way of the truth that Polish calls for at the Soviet Union threatened Soviet family with Britain and the USA, and Soviet participation within the battle. during this publication Anita Prazmowska relates British rules and war-time technique to Polish expectancies and guidelines. She describes a sad scenario the place Polish squaddies have been trapped among the unrealistic plans in their govt and the cruel realities of a struggle that they fought for Britain without prospect of a passable end result for them or their kingdom.

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Equally unfulfilled were hopes that joint military action might in some way be translated into political co-operation. Prior to the fall of France, the Polish government-in-exile was offered two opportunities to participate in the deliberations of the Supreme War Council - on 23 and 27 April 1940 - on both occasions because of the allied use of Polish units in the Norwegian campaign. The Polish delegates, Sikorski and his Minister for Foreign Affairs, Zaleski, during the first meeting and Edward Raczynski, the Polish Ambassador to London on the second occasion, were allowed to attend only the later part of the deliberations.

According to the Foreign Office, up to 50 per cent of the German aerial capacity could have been considered to have been thus immobilized. 25 Poland's brief semblance of holding out against Germany was not enough in itself to cause a change of policy. On 8 September, having considered General Carton de Wiart's report, the Cabinet members agreed once more that the only way Poland could be given assistance was by 'waging war on Germany until Poland was rehabilitated'. In other words the defeat of Poland was accepted as a foregone conclusion even before that occurred.

They were not aware of the complexity of the debates, on a variety of issues related to the campaign, which had preceded their entry to the meetings. They therefore did not know that their attendance at both meetings had been devoid of political significance. Their initial conviction was that they had made a great impression on their allies and had secured all that they had set out to obtain. 44 This euphoria was short lived. Doubts and anxieties about the Polish government not being accorded The formation of the Polish government-in-exile 21 its full standing remained a constant theme of discussions within the military and political councils of the exile government.

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