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5.0 out of 5 stars The voice of the truth, 14 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Poland Alone: Britain, SOE and the Collapse of the Polish Resistance, 1944 (Paperback)
That is the part of history that the English don't want to accept.

Since I came to UK few years ago I had many discussions about the fact that England (and France) haven't done much to help Poland despite political agreements about mutual help in case of the war that was only a matter of time.I have noticed how little is know about those facts here in UK.Poland was well aware of the coming war and therefore polish government secured the country with those agreements. Because England felt obliged to fallow those pacts it claimed a war against Hitler on a day he attacked Poland but no actual help was provided.No single soldier or plane was send to help. In every polish history book it says that one of the reasons of September '39 fail against Germans was no help provided from the Allies.

Ironically every British person seems to be proud that England entered the II World War because of Poland rather then being ashamed that not only England left Poland without a military help during the German and Soviet occupation where 5 millions Poles were killed but also after the war has finished and allowed Stalin to take the country over and impose a communist government.So in fact British lack of help led to 45 years of Poland being controlled by Soviet Union. Only during Solidarity movement Poland received some kind of acknowledgement and declaration of support from the West.Finally communism failed for economical reasons and Poland regained their freedom.

Polish soldiers fought in every part or Europe and even in north Africa supporting the Allies, it's a well known fact.Every Englishman knows about the polish pilots fighting in air battle over UK. The nation's spirit died on the day Mr. Churchill has shaken hands with Stalin over polish future and it has been replaced with indifference as the communism put Poland into misery for 45 years and its impact lasted even longer.

I see it as a good sing that the book like this has been written. No Pole would hold the grudge for the lack of help from England during the war because of a friendly relationship between the countries but some of the truth has been ignored here in UK and the fact that England still portrays itself as a savior of Poland can be really irritating for polish person, the same as belief that every Pole can be a good plummer.

I only briefly looked inside the book to confirm it's objectivity. It's a really important to have that book for any further discussion about the subject :).I'm very thankful to the author.I recommend it to anyone interested in the truth which is not an easy one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 Nov. 2014
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Gritty and thought provoking content,very interesting read.
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