No Greater Ally: The Untold Story of Poland's Forces in World War II [NOOK Book]

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There is a chapter of World War II history that remains largely untold, the story of the fourth largest allied military of the war, the only nation to have fought in the battles of Leningrad, Arnhem, Tobruk and Normandy. The story of millions of young men and women who gave everything for freedom and in the final victory lost all. In a cruel twist of history the monumental struggles of an entire nation have been forgotten, and even intentionally obscured. This book redresses the balance, giving a comprehensive ...
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No Greater Ally: The Untold Story of Poland's Forces in World War II

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Overview

There is a chapter of World War II history that remains largely untold, the story of the fourth largest allied military of the war, the only nation to have fought in the battles of Leningrad, Arnhem, Tobruk and Normandy. The story of millions of young men and women who gave everything for freedom and in the final victory lost all. In a cruel twist of history the monumental struggles of an entire nation have been forgotten, and even intentionally obscured. This book redresses the balance, giving a comprehensive overview of Poland's participation in World War II. Following their valiant but doomed defense of Poland in 1939, members of the Polish armed forces fought with the Allies wherever and however they could. With previously unpublished first-hand accounts, information never before seen in English, and rare photographs, this title provides a detailed analysis of the devastation the war brought to Poland, and the final betrayal when, having fought for freedom for six long years, Poland was handed to the Soviet Union.


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"No Greater Ally is an absolutely crucial contribution to the history of the Second World War. Anybody who seeks to understand the dynamics of betrayal and resistance as they apply to this period, in Poland, in Europe, must read this book." -Alan Furst, auhor of The Polish Soldier

"This fascinating book fills a yawning gap in our knowledge of the Second World War. By bringing in the personal reminiscences of people of all stations, the author gives pace and immediacy to this extraordinary story."
Adam Zamoyski, author of Forgotten Few: The Polish Air Force in World War II

"I hadn't realised, before reading this outstanding book, just how crucial the Polish contribution to [Allied] victory actually was. If it hadn't been for their pilots, for instance, we might well have lost the Battle of Britain..." -Henry Coningsby, Waterstones

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780962221
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/20/2011
  • Series: General Military
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 653,290
  • File size: 13 MB
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Meet the Author

Ken Koskodan graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Communications. The emphasis of his degree was in Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations. Of Polish descent himself, he has researched Poland's participation in World War II for many years, and in the course of his research has interviewed many surviving veterans. This is his first book. The author lives in Detroit, MI.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6

Introduction 7

1 The Dawn of Darkness: Prelude to World War II 12

2 French Misfortunes: The Phony War and the Defense of France 42

3 Everything Was in Secret: The Underground War 59

4 On Wings of Eagles: The Polish Air Force 79

5 Warriors from a Wasteland: The Birth of the Polish 2nd Corps 101

6 A Bloody Job Well Done: 1st Armored Division 136

7 A Bridge Not Far Enough: The 1st Polish Independent Parachute Brigade 152

8 Poles Under Soviet Command: Berling's Army 177

9 Glory and Heartbreak: The Warsaw Uprising, 1944 186

10 For your Freedom: A Costly Victory for Poland 228

Notes 251

Further Reading 265

Index 268

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

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    Fascinating History!!!

    An extremely well written book about the exploits of the Polish Armed Forces during World War II. Covers the beginnings of the war up through the final German surrender. A must read for all history buffs and those interested in learning more about the pivotal role that the Polish people played in helping to defeat the Nazis.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    Excellent

    Doesn't get better than this if you are into WW II history ...RjP

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  • Posted May 23, 2013

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    Good coverage of the efforts of the Polish armed forces in WWII.

    Good coverage of the efforts of the Polish armed forces in WWII. Their efforts have often been forgotten or over looked by many histories of WWII. Nice to read they have not been totally forgotten.
    Thanks to the author for his efforts on their behalf.

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