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

By Anita J. Prazmowska

British-Polish kinfolk in the course of the moment global warfare have been dogged by means of the truth that Polish calls for at the Soviet Union threatened Soviet kin with Britain and the U.S., and Soviet participation within the struggle. during this publication Anita Prazmowska relates British guidelines and war-time technique to Polish expectancies and rules. She describes a sad scenario the place Polish infantrymen have been trapped among the unrealistic plans in their executive and the cruel realities of a conflict that they fought for Britain without prospect of a passable final result for them or their kingdom.

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They had thrown in their lot with the French ally and Sikorski was confident that the outcome was a foregone conclusion. In that they were not alone. 62 The defeat of France was not seriously considered. 65 He advised the Poles to move their government and troops to Great Britain. Fortunately for them the British had already decided to facilitate the removal from France of as many troops as possible. 66 The evacuation of Polish troops was made difficult, among many other reasons, by the fact that from the onset of German-French hostilities they had been committed to fighting and no plans had been developed for the eventuality of France's defeat.

In each case he refused to be drawn. Explaining that fighting was still taking place in Poland, Chamberlain avoided committing himself to any territorial promises. There was a general agreement both within the government and the House of Commons that during the First World War commit- 38 Britain and Poland, 1939-1943 ments of this type had been a mistake. 30 The government's acceptance that the defeat of Poland could not be averted did not mean that British politicians and civil servants had removed Poland entirely from their considerations.

While this remained a quandary which the leadership was not able to resolve, other anxieties came to haunt all discussions relating to the use of the Polish army. A consequence of the assumption that the Polish government-in-exile could only secure for itself a position of equality within the community of the allied powers by making a direct contribution to the joint military effort was the real threat that the Polish contribution would exhaust and deplete its troops before the liberation of Poland.

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