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

Britain and Poland 1939-1943

The Betrayed Ally

Hardcover Published: 28th April 1995
ISBN: 9780521403092
Number Of Pages: 252

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Poland was a problematic issue for the Big Powers throughout the Second World War. For Britain, Poland was a major stumbling block in British-Soviet relations as Polish-Soviet territorial disputes clashed with the needs of the British-Soviet-United States alliance. As the Polish government-in-exile attempted to obtain a guarantee of British support, and many thousands of Polish troops fought for the British cause, the perception grew that the Churchill government had a debt to pay. Ultimately, however, it was a debt which Britain could not discharge because of its dependence on Soviet participation in the war. In this book Anita Prazmowska looks at British policies from the point of view of wartime strategy, relating this to Polish government expectations and policies. She describes a tragic situation where Polish soldiers were trapped between the grandiose and unrealistic plans of their government and the harsh realities of a war which they fought with no prospect of a satisfactory outcome for them or their country.

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'Prazmowska charts the war-time vicissitudes of the Poles with remarkable objectivity. She set out not to allocate blame but to achieve an understanding of the issues. That she has successfully accomplished ... she has made a valuable contribution to the study of British relations with Central and Eastern Europe.' Paul Vysny, University of St Andrews

The formation of the Polish government-in-exile: ideology and war plans
Britain and German expansion in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe
Britain's only fighting ally
Britain, Poland and the Soviet Union, June - December 1941
1942, year of disappointments
The illusion of an alliance ends
1943, the end of Polish-Soviet co-operation
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ISBN: 9780521403092
ISBN-10: 052140309X
Series: Cambridge Russian, Soviet & Post-Soviet Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 28th April 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 15.75  x 2.46
Weight (kg): 0.45

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